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    Arizona high school dedicates yearbook pages to pregnant students

    What are your thoughts for having separate pages of the yearbook set aside for these students? A positive or negative?

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    My personal take on this is that I applaud all of these moms and moms-to-be for pushing forward to complete their education. Doing so will improve their future opportunities (college, jobs, etc.) and in doing so -- their kid's future. I understand that there are those that may see it as glorifying teen pregnancy but my hope is that the intent was to encourage girls in this situation not to give up on themselves and their education.

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    I'm personally not in favor of anything that makes teen pregnancy look appealing. Big bellies are beautiful, so are little babies, and I don't think that's a good message to be sending. Do those pages also show those moms changing dirty diapers, or with leaky breasts in math class? Do those pages include statistics about the dropout rates of teen moms? Their divorce rates? Poverty rates? I'm all for doing what we can to keep those girls in school and also support them as parents as well as as students, but I see no reason to dedicate yearbook pages to them.
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    When I read this, I was sold:

    Mesa High School's yearbook has two pages -- 40 and 41-- dedicated to photos of the difficulties a student/parent has with raising a child, The Arizona Republic’s report said. The pages are titled, "I'm working a double shift."
    I think it's great. It has to be really hard going for these girls and to get recognized for the challenges they face (instead of being stigmatized and ostracized) is pretty impressive. I don't think it's going to encourage anyone to get pregnant just to get into the yearbook, but it's acknowledging reality and commending these young women for staying in school under very difficult circumstances.
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    I don't know. I'm torn. I think its great if these pregnant teenagers finished out their academic year and I can acknowledge that its difficult to tend to a pregnancy and all your other responsibilities. I like the fact that it sounds like the pages focus on how hard it is.

    BUT...i don't know if the words are really enough to get the message across about how friggin hard it is to be a teenage parent to other students, and I do think there is a risk that it might accidentally send the wrong message. People naturally focus on pictures, not so much on the words, and the pictures likely don't successfully portray the challenges these girls faced and will face going forward.

    I think if i had a preference, i'd rather they not do something like this.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KimPossible View Post

    Laurie, we disagree! Guess it has to happen once in a while LOL.
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    While I'm not one to protest something like this, I'll have to say I'm not a fan.

    Yearbooks should be reflecting that past school year. Pictures, events, sports, clubs etc. what was related to school life. Pregnancy and being a teen mom are not part of school life just a part of each girls life.

    Many students face obstacles on the road to graduation. Sick family, financial situations where they have to also hold down a job, homelessness and these situations are not documented in a yearbook.

    I totally applaud these young woman for going forward in getting their diplomas but I don't think a section of the yearbook should be dedicated to it.
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    I am not sure a yearbook page is the right approach, but I do not think teen mothers should be ostracised. I remember when I went to school one of my classmates had a baby. There was an after school function and the guidance counselor told her she had to leave. I happened to by near by and asked the guidance counselor why she had to leave. She told me they did not want to glamorise having a baby. At the time and still I feel this was horribly wrong. She should have been encouraged to be at school, not to be a drop out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by freddieflounder101 View Post
    I think it's great. It has to be really hard going for these girls and to get recognized for the challenges they face (instead of being stigmatized and ostracized) is pretty impressive. I don't think it's going to encourage anyone to get pregnant just to get into the yearbook, but it's acknowledging reality and commending these young women for staying in school under very difficult circumstances.
    Do they have a similar yearbook page for students who are working a full-time job to help support their family? Do they have a similar yearbook page for students who are raising younger siblings because their mom died or their dad is in prison? Do they have a similar yearbook page for the students who have physical or developmental disabilities and who face incredible challenges that make staying in school a very difficult circumstance? Why single out pregnant & new mom students for such an honor? Why not honor all the kids who practiced safe sex all year and avoided being pregnant in the first place?

    My senior yearbook featured two senior portraits where the new parents were holding their baby. (They were the mom & dad of the same baby.) I think that's fine. I think it's fine to show an obviously-pregnant student in club photos or show the day care center in with general school photos. I don't think featuring pregnant & new parent students in a special section is appropriate. The yearbook is supposed to be about the school, not about the life events of a few particular students.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Spacers View Post
    Do they have a similar yearbook page for students who are working a full-time job to help support their family? Do they have a similar yearbook page for students who are raising younger siblings because their mom died or their dad is in prison? Do they have a similar yearbook page for the students who have physical or developmental disabilities and who face incredible challenges that make staying in school a very difficult circumstance? Why single out pregnant & new mom students for such an honor? Why not honor all the kids who practiced safe sex all year and avoided being pregnant in the first place?

    My senior yearbook featured two senior portraits where the new parents were holding their baby. (They were the mom & dad of the same baby.) I think that's fine. I think it's fine to show an obviously-pregnant student in club photos or show the day care center in with general school photos. I don't think featuring pregnant & new parent students in a special section is appropriate. The yearbook is supposed to be about the school, not about the life events of a few particular students.
    Look -- I don't think I'd insist on this or fight it if they changed their minds. But most of those other situations don't result in kids being ostracized and stigmatized. You wouldn't single out kids with disabilities because you're actually doing them a disservice.

    I also don't consider a yearbook page an "honor". It's not that big of a deal. Everyone looks at their yearbook for a few days after it's handed out and then they forget about it.

    I just think girls like this get shunned and judged and maybe recognizing their efforts despite their difficulties isn't such a terrible thing. Maybe it'll help other girls who make the mistake of getting pregnant too early actually stick with their studies in a situation where they'd be more likely to drop out.

    Once the action is taken, sticking with school is difficult and admirable. They're not celebrating their pregnancies, they're celebrating the fact that they recognized the value of an education. I think stats will tell you (although I'm not 100% sure) that most teenage moms don't finish high school. It's a big deal to do it. If this encourages a few more, I'm all for it.
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