ERIC Number: ED345138
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Sep-27
Reference Count: 0
Listening to Adolescents.
DeGolyer, John H.; Misik, Martha C.
Generally, teenage pregnancy is considered a detriment to society. Louisiana has the third highest rate of adolescent pregnancy of any state in the nation. The Louisiana Sex Education in Public Schools Act (1979) effectively prohibits information about the human reproductive system until the seventh grade. The basic "Choices and Changes" program is an economic social studies program designed to teach students the possible consequences of alternative forms of behavior. Since the majority of adolescent pregnancies are a matter of choice, the consequences of parenthood became an integral part of this program. The pregnancy component was designed for use beginning in the third grade. This meant that the consequences of pregnancy had to be taught without explaining how pregnancy occurred. The goals of the program had to be limited to teaching students how to make choices and the possible consequences of those choices. Proper presentation of the program is vital. Students feel empowered when they are asked for their ideas and are treated nonjudgmentally. An evaluation of the class indicated teachers were constantly interrupted by students who were taken out of class. To teach a class such as the pregnancy alternative component, the teacher must have group leadership skills. Finally, when students learn to value an education as a viable choice over parenthood, programs such as "Choices and Changes" will have far more impact. (LLL)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Meeting of the Association of Louisiana Evaluators (New Orleans, LA, September 27, 1992).