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On Do you think high school students should be taught how to take care of a child as part of a curriculum?


JJE007 1 year, 4 months ago

Where will schools acquire the indestructible baby robots that make this possible?


Steven Gaudreau 1 year, 4 months ago

I would rather see a course that shows real life ramifications of unsafe sex and showing the lives of high school moms living in poor housing while her friends are cheering at a football game. Show interviews of young adults with oozing herpes sores and genital warts. Show a movie of an abortion. Having a class on how to raise a baby is like having a class on how to snort cocaine or pot growing 101.


Armored_One 1 year, 4 months ago

Leave the politics out of this, please. Since the kids are not of legal age to vote, the snide comments are less than useful, although if the highlight of your day is making political comments on this forum, you have bigger issues in the first place.

Yes, kids need to learn at least the basics. Why? Because babies do not come with instruction manuals or universal translators. First time parents NEED the help and after the kids dash away to "escape" the parental units, the parents are rarely close enough to give much advice, let alone help.

Granted, we'd have to jerk their faces up from the screen of their cell phones long enough to manage this. Would have though that by now schools would have installed some form of a cell phone jamming device. If nothing else, the amusement of listening to the complaining would offset the annoyance of needing one in the first place.


love2fish_ks 1 year, 4 months ago

Let's look at the question more blutly stated. "Should The State tell parents how to raise their kids?"

Very very dangerous to give these rights and responsibilities to The State.


KS 1 year, 4 months ago

They also need to be taught "logic and ethics". But then again, when you learn that, you can't be a democrat.


friendlyjhawk 1 year, 4 months ago

I don't think there is enough time in the day to have electives that teach what the family should teach at home. Not home schooling but the training for life that parents should be teaching their children. Parents of all fiscal ways and means would rather be their kids friends and role models for greed comsumption then the teachers they should be. Schools get a verybad rap for the things they do and don't do. Parents will always believe their child over a responsible, educated adult. Spare me the "I know lots of bad/stupid teachers" cause "I know lots of bad/stupidpeople in whatever career path or non career path" you have chosen. The past several generations have been spoon fed and coddled. Parents take the easy or absent path in raising their kids. Look around you at all the kids with more "neccessaties" (phones, computers, Ipods/pads, cars) They didn't earn them, they expected and got them from parents too lazy to say no and who wanted to keep up with neighbors. Let's always attack/punish the schools when what happens at home the first 5 years gave them mush to work with.


Liberty275 1 year, 4 months ago

I think it should be an elective.


catfishturkeyhunter 1 year, 4 months ago

damned if you do and dammned if you dont


RETICENT_IRREVERENT 1 year, 4 months ago

There is a disconnect in our society, but is forced controlling of others bodies such as autie suggests really the way to go?


Bill_Slu 1 year, 4 months ago

Did Adam or Eve take a class in high school?


autie 1 year, 4 months ago

yup...I know some that have three kids by age twenty and no father because they chose to relate with worthless drug dealer types making baby mommas...or whatever that is called. Those girls might have benefited...but most likely not as they drop out early. On the other hand, your 4.0 type students ain't dumb enough to fall for that other BS and have no intention of living in poverty....and the ones with three kids are locked in. That is what is wrong with America..they had no access to birth control or planned parenthood and/or didn't care in the first place. No hope and no brains equals epic fail. And guess what conservatives, that's where most of your entitlement support how about work on stopping the cycle and get these kids some birth control?


oldbaldguy 1 year, 4 months ago

I share Autie's comment. What have we come to as a nation? However one of my grandmothers married at 16 and had her first child at 18. This was 1920. She and her husband were married for 65 years until she passed.


Antonym 1 year, 4 months ago

Taking care of children is the governments job. Maybe just teach the high schoolers how to get the forms, fill them out, and submit on-line. After that everything is automatic.


autie 1 year, 4 months ago

There are certain demographics that this would be very valuable to..and there are others that it wouldn't make a bit of difference.


jonas_opines 1 year, 4 months ago

Just give each kid a 10 pound weight with a shrieking alarm radio inside it, that never shuts off, and send it home with them to "care for" every evening for a week.

Then on Friday give a seminar on birth control. Include abstinence, but teach the rest as well.


FlintHawk 1 year, 4 months ago

Another poorly worded poll. Is somebody new in charge of these polls at the LJW? It's unclear from the phrasing if this course would be elective or required for graduation. Assuming that a male or female student could choose to take such a course, then I'd vote "yes." And as inklines suggests, there are other "independent living skills" that are needed by our youth.


Bailey Perkins 1 year, 4 months ago

Yes and no. It would be a valuable skill for those who plan to have children/ a family BUT would be a complete waste of time and educational opportunities for those who don't.

High School and even College curriculum already require hours that have nothing to do with the students desires or interestes, why add another?


inklines 1 year, 4 months ago

We should also require passing a money manage course to graduate.


BABBOY 1 year, 4 months ago

My first response is no way.

But, then all one has to do is drive through bad sections of any urban community to understand that basic traits of decency and survival (legal anyway) are not being taught to many kids.....

So, I am not completely opposed to this concept as long as morality and religion is kept out of it and it is kept to basic taking care of yourself and learning to get a job type stuff....

These should include teaching kids to interview and get a good job.....

(For you conservative jerks that scoff at this, I can put in a perspective you understand. Just think about the movie Grand Torino and how Clint Eastwood taught that kid to act like a responsible man because that is what I am envisioning above)


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