Should Sex Education Be Increased in Schools

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tribulations these teens are facing. “The National Campaign says that fewer than half ever graduate from high school, and only 2% earn college degrees by age 30” (Docksai, 2010). Many of these teens are not thinking about the negative effects of being a mother between the ages of 15-20, and there are a bunch of them. Some of these outcomes include “school drop out, strain on public health and welfare systems, low-birth weight babies, increased medical costs, poverty, stunted workforce development, child abuse and neglect, and developmental delays and disabilities among infants and children” (Rosell, Scarborough, Lewis, 2010). It is said that “young girls who have children, often before completing their education, are less likely to marry and more likely to have additional children than those who delay parenting to a later age” (Sawhill, 2006). From seeing shows like 16 and Pregnant and Teen Mom on MTV, it is not hard to witness the truths of what some of these young women go though. There have been many of the teens on the show that have trouble with school or have had to drop out. A lot of them also face major money issues because they themselves cannot hold a job while raising their child. Teens are not thinking about the consequences they will encounter in the long run, and it is causing a huge dilemma. Although there are still troubles with teenage pregnancy, there are people out there who are putting forth effort to help the social problem. Countless organizations are beginning to show up and attempt in helping these teens. There is a group that started in Austin, Texas called The Tandem Teen Prenatal and Parenting Program. “Tandem has been effective in improving the health and well-being of teenage parents and their children and has more than halved the national subsequent pregnancy rate of 24% among its clients by more then half” (Rosell, Scarborough, Lewis, 2010). Tandem is trying to help in improving the lives of the teen parents who do not have much...
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