Would this work to lower teen pregnancy rate?
September 18, 2010 5:14pm CST
Someone just posted a topic about how hard it was to watch a 6 month old all day, so it got me thinking. When I went to college, i had to do a student teaching. It prepared me for teaching, but for some it is eye opening, and they decide that maybe teaching really isnt for them. Why dont they have a program where for a full weekend, teenagers have to take care of a child, say under the age of two. Of course a parental unit for the child would be there to step in if needed, but the teenage would be responsible for feeding, changing, entertaining, including getting up in the middle of the night to handle whatever is needed. I really think, that somehow mother hood has been glamorized. You stay at home, you watch tv, with your feet up, and eat bon bons. It is so much more demanding than people realize.
• United Kingdom
3 Dec 10
When I was studying to become a teacher I had teaching practices in different schools. The first was in a medium sized school in a seaside town. The second was in a larger school an inland town. Then I had the third in a suburb of a city called Manchester in England. My last teaching practice was in a tiny rural school with a mixed age class. So before beginning my teaching career I had a full idea of what the job would be like. I was grateful to try out different sized schools in different areas. I have heard of a book for junior aged children called The Flour Babies. In it teenagers care for a flour baby for a weekend. There are pretend babies that are electronic that teenagers should take care of for a weekend. Teenagers of 15 years old do work experience. They could do child experience as well like you detail in your discussion. I think that that combined with education would help teens I think.