What Do You Think?

May 14, 2006

Editor's note: Each week, The Herald-Mail invites readers to answer poll questions on its Web site, Readers also may submit comments about the poll question when voting. Each Sunday, a sampling of reader comments will appear in The Herald-Mail.

Last week's poll question was: Are the "teen pregnancy awareness" meetings offered by Washington County Public Schools to ninth-graders too little, too late; on target for the age; or too much information.

Following are some of the edited online comments.

"I just graduated last year, and when I was in ninth grade, we did not have teen pregnancy awareness. We did not have a sex education class until 10th grade and that was really a health class. It did not really cover sex or the consequences.

"Honestly, I think fifth or sixth grade is a good time to start teaching kids about sex. When I was in middle school, there were already kids becoming pregnant and then high school only got worse."


"I went through the Washington Co. school system and we had some kind of sex ed from fifth grade through until about 10th. If you took AP Biology, you got another year's worth.

"The facts of life do not change, but teens think that it just won't happen to them, that they are invincible. Until parents get through to their kids (and despite what the PSAs on TV say, it isn't easy), kids are going to think that way and the problem will still exist.

"It's not the government's job to raise your kids to have morals, self-respect and dignity - it's YOURS!"

"I find it highly stereotypical to say that all boys are worried about is having sex. I agree that some are, but it takes two people to make a child."

"I just would like to say some guys very rarely stay around.

"I had a baby at 16. And I graduated and my baby's dad stayed around.

"Also, you can still put your child on birth control but you got to make sure they take it, too. If you don't it is your fault then as well, if they get pregnant. So make sure they take it."

"I am graduating in June coming up. I am graduating with at least 10 girls that had babies and a couple that had another. Just in one school. We do have to think of something to STOP teen pregnancy and get them to think before they act."

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