Solving the Problem of Teen Pregnancy
In the United States, teen pregnancy is one of the problems that society faces. Shows like 16 and Pregnant and Teen Mom have shed a light about this problem and has been an educational tool for many teens to learn from other teen girls featured on the show. These shows tell the reality of these teens having children, the hardships they go through, and the high cost that carries along with being a teen parent. The country’s birth rate for teens is nine times higher than most developed countries, but within the past 20 years, teen birth rates have dropped by 40% (cdc.gov). Even though the rate of teen births has dropped, there has to be a solution to lower the risk of teen pregnancy and ultimately solve this problem. The reason for teen pregnancy is the lack of education and communication from adults to teenagers. Sexual education classes given in the schools around this country mainly promote abstinence until marriage. These classes are good in a way because it promotes teenagers to wait to have sex until marriage and the risks of engaging in pre-marital sex such as getting a sexual transmitted disease (STD). The problem with an only abstinence program is that it leaves out other information such as contraception, biology, and an emotional appeal to this subject matter. This is where the lack of education and communication breaks off. Having well-rounded information towards the benefits of abstinence along with information about contraception can help improve teens to make a wise and healthy decision (Richey, 2011). Of course, changing the curriculum in schools would be hard to do since society always has an opinion towards what is going on in this country. Teachers can teach the benefits of abstinence and STDs, but they do not provide an emotional appeal to relate to teenagers. That is one of the reasons for parents to be the ones to step up to talk to their children about this issue. Parents of children are...
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