Funny how words can come back to haunt you. Until Hurricane Katrina came and temporarily knocked Natalee Holloway, Cindy Sheehan and Judge John Roberts off the radar, one of the big shockers was that Timken High School in Canton, Ohio had a wee bit of a problem. Out of 490 female students, 65 are pregnant.
According to WEWS, NewsChannel5, “Some would say that movies, TV, videogames, lazy parents and lax discipline may all be to blame. School officials are not sure what has contributed to so many pregnancies, but in response to them, the school is launching a three-prong educational program to address pregnancy, prevention and parenting.”
Let me tackle this, if I may be so bold.
As a parent, I must admit to relying somewhat on movies, TV, and videogames to entertain my youth. As much as I tried to steer them clear of such, the television spends more time on MTV as I would like, but as I can interject conservative principles as balance, I would hope my sons can differentiate between entertainment and reality.
At Timken, there was an interview on a cable program where one of the pregnant girls said something like “I never thought it would happen to me. I always though those things happened to other people.” I personally smirk when “things” happen to people who have that narcissistic attitude. Welcome to reality!
This line from the article struck me as odd: “School officials are not sure what has contributed to so many pregnancies.”
How does one respond to that? School officials aren’t sure? Let me take a stab at that; THOSE KIDS HAD SEX! They retained what they learned in the very sex education those officials insisted they teach, despite the wishes of some parents, in order to avoid the very teen pregnancy epidemic we have today.
Liberals brought in books that showed body parts, what they do and where they would need to go to function correctly. They insisted that teaching sexuality instead of geography was a good thing. Now we’ve got a nation of breeding kids who are dumb as stones. And if you think I’m exaggerating, play that ‘making change’ game the next time a young person waits on you at a cash register.
I’m firmly of the thought that sexual instruction was my job as a parent to explain when I was good and ready. I would give my sons “The Talk” when I thought it appropriate; I’m not some progressive whose attitude is that “they’re going to do it anyway so let’s show ’em how and what do you know, Dad?”
I would stress and explain that sex (thus making a child) will alter every goal they ever wished for their future. Instead, liberals offer all kinds of support mechanisms that make that bad choice something they can live with, as long as we’re all guilt-tripped into paying for it in some form or another. Day care at school for teen moms may be convenient, but having and raising children thereafter is not.
To make childrearing that easy is an illusion. It also makes it something other teens may find palatable. Teens should be told that abstinence has never resulted in having to change gooey diapers several times a day, or making sure you have enough money to feed and clothe a baby every day.
Having a child means suddenly having to be responsible. That alone should be scary enough for abstinence to be the choice of choices for today’s teens.
And I don’t know how many times this needs to be said to a child: the world does not revolve around you. Never has, never will. Bad things can and will happen to you.
Deal with it.
Bob Parks is a former congressional candidate, ex-Navy, single dad, graphic designer, life-long New England Patriots fan, and member/writer for the National Advisory Council of Project 21.