Submitted By Todd on October 17th at 7:08am
It is a Chicago public school full of energy and spirit. It has about 800 girls, and 115 of them have something in common – something you might find disturbing. All those young ladies are moms or moms-to-be at Paul Robeson High School. It's not a school for young mothers, it's a neighborhood school. And all of the pregnancies have happened, despite prevention talk.One out of seven high school girls pregnant? My, they seem to have mastered the sex ed curriculum!
"It can be a lot of things that are happening in the home or not happening in the home, if you will," Robeson Principal Gerald Morrow said. Absentee fathers are another factor, he said.Didn't we shift responsibility for sex ed over to the schools a long time ago knowing that parents couldn't be trusted to raise their own kids?
LaDonna Denson and two other Robeson students say parents not talking to teens and, in some cases, the pursuit of public assistance also factor into the pregnancies. None of them thought they'd be moms at such a young age.Huh? Are they saying that when you pay kids to have babies, more babies will result?
"We're not looking at them like 'Ooh you made a mistake,'" Morrow said. "We're looking at how we can get them to the next phase."Of course you are. And, building them a day care center, of course.
So there's help in a teen parent program. And coming soon, right across from Robeson, developers are turning a one-time crack house into a day care for student use.Perfect.