The lack of formal training, education and background in social work causes prejudice toward pregnant teens being in school. A degree(s) display an individual’s assiduousness in further pursuing their education in the field(s) and area(s) of expertise. I am not an educator, however, I am an assiduous individual who clashes with overweening individuals, which does not mean that I am inept at sharing and writing introspections. I understand and realize no one has to accept my candor because I do not know everything. I respect all educators who are influencing so many impressionable lives. Until society learns to embrace and respect others, we cannot come up with solutions for the prejudice toward pregnant teens being in schools. I am a concerned parent because these are all of our children, and I want no child left behind. Every parent wants the best education for his or her child, which can only happen if their child attends school in structured learning environments. Parents who send their child to school should receive more respect, and expect their child to receive the same. Teenage pregnancy was here before this generation where abortions and adoptions did not decrease teenage pregnancy. Whether or not school officials and educators want to deal with these young women, they still deserve respect too. School officials and educators who do not know how to deal with teenage pregnancy lack social work skills. Learn to applaud and commend pregnant teens who are assiduous enough to continue their education. These young women will inspire and become our future leaders in society as productive, law abiding citizens.
Take a moment and reflect on this: There is not a just man here on earth who does not sin and does good. If you have never made any erratums in life, you have not experienced life yet. In our homes and schools, while growing up, some individuals did not learn that experience is the best teacher. I was not a pregnant teenager in high school, which does not mean I did not make erratums. However, I want to inspire any pregnant teenagers that your life does not stop here because some school officials and students have made you feel like you are taboo. Here is a start to the end of prejudice toward pregnant teens being in school: Ask your school officials and teachers about other school choices such as Florida Virtual School and Drop Back in Academy to find out if they are available in your school district. These other school choices can help pregnant teens stay on track with their school work during, and after their pregnancy. Unfortunately, there are some public schools and officials, who are not keeping students and parents abreast of other school choices. Speaking to several high school students and parents in my area, they advise me that they have never heard about Florida Virtual School and Drop Back in Academy. While waiting in the guidance office at my child’s school before the Christmas break, I sat and spoke with a young woman attempting to enroll back in school. The young woman was out of school for eight month’s due to pregnancy and her infant’s illness. I asked the young lady if her guidance counselor or any school officials had advised her about DBIA and FLVS. The young woman’s response was no. I advised the young woman to consult with her guidance counselor about FLVS because they could possibly help her get back on track. To protect myself, I did not provide any information or a telephone number for FLVS because I am not an official for this department. It is unfortunate the student was not given information about FLVS and DBIA, which could have prevented her from getting behind in school. According to a guidance counselor, she conveyed to me, it is not the school’s responsibility to keep parents abreast of other schools of choice.
At the fingertips of every public school nationwide, there are remedies to help prevent high school drop outs, truancy and graduation decline if parents and students are kept abreast correctly about FLVS and DBIA. Students and parents that have lost faith in the public school system should not have information withheld from them about other school choices. Some traditional classrooms are over crowded to accommodate all students, let alone pregnant students. For the safety of pregnant teens, schools should have in place safety measures, and allow the student to take a course(s) at school through FLVS. It is the responsibility of the school to provide computers on campus for FLVS students during regular school hours. FLVS is an option to help prevent truancy among teenage pregnancy that could lead a student to dropping out of school, and not graduating on time. Isolating pregnant teens from their peers is not a remedy to teenage pregnancy, only acceptance, which gives a pregnant teen the opportunity to attend school and graduate from high school with their peers.
Pregnant teens who are trying to juggle school while holding a job because they have the responsibilities of an adult, paying bills for shelter, food, clothing and daycare, can become overwhelming in life. Adults cannot say, at times, they have never been overwhelmed with issues in life. However, experience teaches you how to cope because experience is the best teacher. There are solutions for problems to help prevent pregnant teens from making the same erratum again. FLVS and DBIA are both remedies for students who fall into this category. Instead of the schools allowing students to drop out, and not graduate because school officials are not keeping parents and students abreast of FLVS and DBIA. The public sector and communities are clueless about other school choices, so we must educate people by word-of-mouth.
The mission and goal of the FLVS and DBIA are the same as the public school system assuring parents they will not be left behind. The Department of Education’s mission is to ensure the public that no child will be left behind and now they have the opportunity to say what they mean and mean what they say. The Department of Education can start by aiding pregnant teens during and after their pregnancy with a desktop or laptop computer for low to moderate income households who enroll in school with FLVS. Budget for the funding of a desktop and laptop computers should come out of the Lottery funds allocated to the Department of Education, since after school programs were decreased. To help reduce the cost for the purchase of computers, where the Department of Education does not incur the total expense, each low to moderate income household should have an option to purchase computers at a discount and monthly rate set by the retailer based on the consumer’s income.
The time has come for school officials to start making accurate assessments of students properly based on the merits of truancy, teenage pregnancy and students working because they have responsibilities as adults, and stop profiling innocent students on the merits of their economics, gender and nationality because teenage pregnancy does not only happen to disadvantage youths and one nationality. Solutions are available for teenage pregnancy if school officials keep parents and students correctly abreast. The only way to ensure that parents and students receive this knowledge is when officials are appointed by the Department of Education to scout throughout every state, and visiting all school districts encouraging parents and students to enroll in FLVS and DBIA. Erratums do happen in life, and sometimes life does deal out unfair cards, and bad things do happen to good people. It is my introspection that some teenage pregnancies are lessons to learn, and society can help a pregnant teen embrace a newborn life, birthed into this world, because these are all our children for our next generation.