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

Response Percent Votes
62% 367
33% 195
I don’t know
4% 28
Total 590


inklines 5 years, 6 months ago

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

Bailey Perkins 5 years, 6 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?

BabyJay96 5 years, 6 months ago

I agree, but many people who don't plan to have children have them anyway (either on purpose or by surprise).

Abdu Omar 5 years, 6 months ago

Maybe by having a class like this it will introduce a non-future parent to have children or vice-versa. With this knowledge, the student has some FACTS to rely upon when making that decision and may scare them away from having children too soon or while in high school.

chootspa 5 years, 6 months ago

Not everything goes as planned but those who do never end up having kids may be aunts or uncles or friends of those who do have kids, so having some idea of which end of the baby goes in the diaper might be a good idea for future reference.

There are plenty of things I learned in high school that never turned out to be useful later in life. The unit on archery in gym class, for instance.

FlintHawk 5 years, 6 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.

Rae Hudspeth 5 years, 6 months ago

I took it to mean "required" but I suppose that's incorrect, as curriculum seems to encompass all offered courses, as well as required. I believe that when I was in jr high school, this was a portion of a Life Skills class, which also included basic cooking, etiquette, finances and child care. All students had to take it. No religion nor birth control options were covered, seems a shame that those options could have been part of it as well, as they are a very important Life Skill.

jonas_opines 5 years, 6 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.

John Hamm 5 years, 6 months ago

What?! "the governments job?" Surely you jest!

oldbaldguy 5 years, 6 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.

Abdu Omar 5 years, 6 months ago

Birth control isn't what the person needs, they need to have self respect. That is something that comes from the family but when you are born without a father and a druggie mother, you are doomed. So SRS steps up and takes the burden of raising you. It is time for parents to step up and be a real PARENT. Stay off the stuff, what ever it is, and take care of your children. Don't know how? ASK SOMEONE WHO DOES.

Bill_Slu 5 years, 6 months ago

Did Adam or Eve take a class in high school?

jonas_opines 5 years, 6 months ago

Nah, they were taught abstinence only. And look where that got them.

friendlyjhawk 5 years, 6 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.

Rae Hudspeth 5 years, 6 months ago

Basic grammar and spelling would be a good start.

KS 5 years, 6 months ago

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

love2fish_ks 5 years, 6 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.

Armored_One 5 years, 6 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.

Armored_One 5 years, 6 months ago

Not if the pretend baby is anything close to realistic, Larry. Mary Jane doesn't wake up screaming at 2 in the morning because it's hungry, or wet, or just to hear itself scream...

A week or two of that will definately catch attention...

Liberty275 5 years, 6 months ago

"a class on how to snort cocaine or pot growing 101."

Definitely an elective!

Frederic Gutknecht IV 5 years, 6 months ago

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

jafs 5 years, 6 months ago

They already make "baby simulators".

I've seen them - they look like dolls, but are programmed to periodically cry and need one of a small variety of things, like changing, feeding, etc.

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