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#1
Just wanted to get some opinions on this.


There's been a lot of talk in the UK Gov. of adding to the school curriculum lessons about being a parent and child development.

Ed Balls (yes, really!) claims that by educating children early enough, it will help tackle the growing numbers of young mothers who simply leave school pregnant, unable to care for their child and so slipping into a life of benefits and crime, as well as promoting 'family' values.

Critics are arguing that it will simply make the problem of teenage pregnancy worse than it already is.

So, what do you think? Should this stuff be taught in schools?
#2
not in highschools please. courses later in life would be okay, but I'm quite sure that they already exist.
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#6
Show a woman giving birth on a giant screen in front of the school. Pass out free condoms. Problem solved, as parenting classes will be unnecessary.
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#7
No, because then they would teach a lack of discipline, just like how schools dont really have effective means of punishment. So an institution who cant keep control is teaching kids how to keep their kids in line. Sounds kinda dumb
#8
I don't think it should. It's a waste of resources that could be better spent elsewhere. Not to sound like a prick, but knowledge of parenting and all those other things you mentioned should come from your parents, in addition to the massive amounts of books out there on the subject. Aside from those special circumstances, don't get pregnant if you don't know what you're getting into.
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No.

Everyone has to discover their own way of raising a child. That's what parenting is.
I agree with this. I mean, people parent differently. There's no one way to do it.
#10
giving encouragement where it isn't due, hell no.
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#11
Anyone else find it odd that we have to take a test to legally drive a car, but nothing is needed to raise a person?
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No.

Everyone has to discover their own way of raising a child. That's what parenting is.



This is probably more aimed at the usual underage pregnancies who then leave school with no clue as to what to do.

I know not all underage mums are bad parents, but there's a link between how well-off a family are and the chances of underage pregnancy, and it tends towards the poorer and less-educated families that such things happen.
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You can stop someone getting into a car. You can't stop people from having sex.
#14
PSHE and Child development was taught in my school, which is enough imo.

Most of PSHE was just about drugs though.
#15
Lol no.

Every species ever and humanity has since it has existed survived and brought up generation of generation of kids.
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This is probably more aimed at the usual underage pregnancies who then leave school with no clue as to what to do.

I know not all underage mums are bad parents, but there's a link between how well-off a family are and the chances of underage pregnancy, and it tends towards the poorer and less-educated families that such things happen.


you can't force less-intelligent people to become smart.

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#17
I thought there was already a GCSE course in Child Care?
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#18
Definitely not. It would be a terrible waste of resources. Plus, as you said, this affects poor families and children more - what's to say they're even going to attend that class? Or learn anything?

My little sister has a kid due in January (and she's 17) and I know for sure that even if this class existed her friends and her would probably still be in the same boat they're in now. It's as much about attitude, what you're into and who you know as it is about education and so on.
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I thought there was already a GCSE course in Child Care?



There probably is, but not all schools will teach it and not everyone will choose to study it. This proposed class is compulsory for everyone in all schools.
#20
No, they wouldnt listen in class.
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There probably is, but not all schools will teach it and not everyone will choose to study it. This proposed class is compulsory for everyone in all schools.


Well I know it was taught in my school.

And I can guarantee most boys (and the sluttier girls) that get made to take it won't pay attention until sex is mentioned.
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#22
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No, because then they would teach a lack of discipline,

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Teach lifespan development and behavior management techniques. Deffo. Why they don't already do this is beyond me. The best we get from "parenting" classes is how to breathe while the baby's coming.

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#23
It's like with the Nazi's in the 1930's, government indoctrination, "your smarter than your parents, your parents are old and don't understand the world, listen to us, we know better".

Parenting should be left up to the parents. The government has no place in raising your children.
#25
The only kids paying attention will be the ones less likely to have kids.

Couldn't hurt to inform kids about diet for children, and some level of psychology so that they don't breed nut cases.

Yeah, go for it. I need something to do in school anyways - too much free time,
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#28
How will this increase teenage pregnancy? I don't get that step. Or is the absence of logic a sign that this is the conservative party's stance?
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#29
No, lots of us don't want kids, why make us sit thru that?


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yeah, they shouldn't ban anyone unless they are obvious spammers or post porn. The forums would be way better
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#34
Meh, I'm not against the idea and appreciate the motivation, but I'd rather see better education about safe sex. I'm not sure how you would fit this into high school curriculum when our only example is the "boys go to shop class"/"Girls go to home ec" gender stereotype.

Stop the problem from happening altogether, although maybe some sort of state provided resources to educate parents may be helpful.

My philosophy is that bad things like unwanted pregnancy will always happen, we just need to make the best of it by minimizing how often it happens and making sure when it does things turn out for the best (i.e. teen moms not dropping out/turning to crime etc.).
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#35
They need to teach kids how to make a bank account and how to not get ripped off when buying a car instead of some ridiculous math equation they will never again use in life.
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