Educating Pregnant Teens

Over at Women’s E News, Megan Tady delves into an issue I blogged about last spring: New York City’s decision to close its four "p-schools," segregated schools for pregnant girls. I applauded the decision, citing the bad academics in the p-schools. Geometry lessons there consisted of cutting out shapes for a baby blanket. Only 10 percent of the young women in the schools were passing New York State exams, while pregnant girls educated among the general population did much better. A complicating factor is that many of the girls steered toward the p-schools were already failing, while girls who were doing okay before their pregnancies were often encouraged to stay where they were.

Tady’s reporting shows that since the p-schools closed, New York City hasn’t done enough to provide adequate childcare and parenting support services for teens. And she talks to young mothers who worry about their pregnant peers in regular schools:

Sixteen-year-old Tatiana Nickle, who has a 9-month-old, said she may have dropped out if not for the P-school. She worries about girls in similar situations.

"I really believe that (some girls) wouldn’t go to school," Nickle said. "Who wants to go to school and endure people staring at you and talking about you? Who wants to be in a school with crowded hallways and people fighting? That’s not a place for people to be pregnant."

One thought on “Educating Pregnant Teens

  1. Amanda Smith

    I agree that it would be very difficult to finish high school and care for a child at the same time. Many young mothers do not have adequate support, and so they end up dropping out of school so they can watch their baby. Many of these teen moms will end up getting a GED. While this is better than nothing, an actual high school diploma is much better. According to a study done in 2006 by the Bill and Malinda Gates Foundation, high school graduates earn about $10,000 more per year than GED holders and high school dropouts. Earning their high school diploma just gives them that extra leg up, making it easier to get a good paying job and support their new family. Since getting to school is sometimes so difficult, one option would be earning their diploma online There are more and more legitimate schools out there offering high school courses online. It would definitely be easier to raise a child if you could do your schooling form home, at your own pace. Here is a great site that talks about the differences between high school diplomas and GEDs. link to


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