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“Why Are 1 Of 8 Girls Pregnant At Robeson High?”

October 16th, 2009 by Vader

What? The reporter is unacquainted with the birds and the bees?

And that’s the only joke I’m going to make about what is really not a very funny situation.

I don’t think we have to look far for the cause:

Not on Morrow’s turf. “We’re not looking at them like ‘Ooh you made a mistake,'” he said. “We’re looking at how we can get them to the next phase, how can we still get them thinking about graduation?”

So there’s help in a teen parent program. And coming soon, right across from Robeson, developers are turning a one-time crack house into a day care for student use. “We have to provide some type of environment for them and some form of support for them,” Van Vincent, CEO of VLV Development, said.

It’s all made an impression.

“Just cause you have a baby, that doesn’t mean your life is over,” one student said.

One thing they might not know about their principal: His mom had him when she was 15. That’s why accepting the problem — and working through it — is so important to him.

Get pregnant, and you get extra help graduating from school, enrollment in a special program, free day care, and the sympathy of your principal. Is it unacceptable to call a man a b—— when he trumpets the fact that it’s literally true? Yes, I know. There are gentlemen present.

Where are the boys who fathered these girls’ babies? The word “fathers” appears only once in the article, and that in a brief sentence that seems to be referring to the fathers of the girls, not the fathers of the girl’s babies. What has become of our expectations of manhood?

There are reasons why having a child out of wedlock has traditionally been stigmatized. People respond to disincentives, and stigma is a powerful disincentive. Yet we are to love the sinner. How to resolve this tension? As a proud LDS partisan, it’s no surprise that I believe the Church has struck the right balance with its teachings on chastity — for both sexes — coupled with its emphasis on, and approach to, adoption, with which I’ve had some limited first-hand experience.

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October 16th, 2009 09:54:19

October 17, 2009

Vader, you insensitive patriarchal misogynist!

Someone inform FMH. To the re-education camp with you!

October 18, 2009

The effect of incentives (positive and negative) on a population is rarely fully appreciated.

I highly recommend http://www.janegalt.net/blog/archives/005244.html

Unintended side-effects are practically the story of assistance of this kind.

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