Unplanned and teenage pregnancy is a rising problem in the contemporary world, and is one of the core issues that lends its burden to the social fabric of the US. The challenge facing the government and educational bodies is how to reverse this trend, and which methodology is the most suitable to encourage a more responsible and considered attitude amongst teenagers towards sexual activity. Not only this, but a healthy balance must also be created to protect the current generation of young mothers within society, and ensure that their own education and future is secured.
However, the question is just how far the US government and teaching facilities should go towards assisting teenage mothers, as offering widespread support could serve to vindicate the decision to indulge in unprotected sex in the first instance. An example can be witnessed with Westport TAPP (Teenage Parent Program) School, which is a Georgia based facility that offers special education to teenage mothers, and ensures that their circumstances to not drive them out of education altogether and also helps them to reclaim a sense of normality and everyday function in their lives.
Diminishing the Consequences of Unprotected Sex
The school itself offers 4 individual components, which serve to create a practical environment for young mothers while also educating them in social theory and conduct. By combining standard curriculum material with a social services component and Co-op child development center, it can diminish the impact that child raising can have on an adolescents burgeoning life, and allow them to continue to strive towards their own ideals of individual attainment. This type of function is considered both necessary and beneficial in contemporary society, and is a specific response to the many issues created by teenage pregnancy.
This kind of reactive policy is potentially divisive however, as it does little or nothing to resolve the core social issues that cause irresponsible behavior in the first instance. In fact, it could be argued that the provision of specialist educational facilities and continued support for teenage mothers actively encourages a carefree ethos towards sex, at least in the regard that it diminishes the consequences of unprotected sexual practice. While a more than satisfactory resolution to a pertinent social issue, it is especially short sighted in comparison to the depth of the root cause.
Encouraging Success in the Face of Adversity?
The schools supporters will point to an average 97 percent graduation rate since the facilities inception in 1970, and that it has a reputation for empowering young mothers and encouraging them to succeed rather than fail in the face of adversity. It has clearly been developed to deal with what has become an increasingly relevant problem, and has evolved to provide a worthy and well intended program that has benefited thousands of teenage parents. While the bodies achievements should be applauded, it should not disguise the fact that there is something amiss for it to even exist in the first place.
The issues that lead to teenage pregnancy are not the fault of the Teenage Parent Program, but lie primarily with standard education facilities and the current generation of parents. For so many teens to be experiencing supposedly unplanned and unexpected pregnancies, there are clear and evident issues concerning the quality of sexual education in the US and across the vast majority of the western world. The exact nature of these inadequacies can be disputed, but it maybe that there is too much emphasis of the mechanics of sexual activity and not enough focus on the emotional and social consequences of its practice.
Creating a Depth of Sexual Educational
Sex may well be a physical act, but it creates great emotion and intensity of feeling amongst adolescent individuals. It is also an enjoyable act, and these facts are not discussed in any significant detail but educational bodies. By focusing solely on sex as a mechanical and mundane concept that is without joy, teenagers are fuelled by curiosity and then faced with confusion when they find it to be a pleasurable experience. This leads them to treat any education they receive on the subject with trepidation, and seek their own comprehension through personal interaction.
Sexual education must therefore be improved, both in terms of its significance within the curriculum and also the scope of the affiliated issues that it covers. It cannot be paid mere lip service too, and nor can it remain idle on the fringes of mainstream education, but must instead become the pinnacle of modern educational focus. A curriculum should always be adapted to suit its environment, so placing an emphasis of sexual education remains the best and most organic way to reduce the instances of teen pregnancy.