One in eight. One in eight girls at Robeson High School in Chicago are pregnant. Out of 800 girls in the school, 115 of them are … pregnant. What the heck is going on in Chicago?
From CBS 2 in Chicago…
It is a Chicago public school full of energy and spirit. It has about 800 girls, and 115 of them have something in common – something you might find disturbing.
All those young ladies are moms or moms-to-be at Paul Robeson High School. It’s not a school for young mothers, it’s a neighborhood school. And all of the pregnancies have happened, despite prevention talk.
Please click here for video from CBS 2. I guess this is hope and change – maybe they think Obama will take care of everything … but to be honest here, the report does not ask the important question … What was the previous pregnancy rate at Robeson High School?
Has there been an increase in pregnancy rates in Chicago in general?
In April of 2006 – more than three years ago – the Chicago Public School system implemented a new sex-ed policy.
The Board of Education of the Chicago Public Schools (CPS) has taken a big step to standardize and improve sexuality education in its schools. On April 26, 2006 the board voted unanimously to approve the Family Life and Comprehensive Sexual Health Education policy, which will require schools to teach comprehensive, age-appropriate sexuality education programs in grades 6–12.
Students and youth leaders affiliated with the Illinois Caucus for Adolescent Health (ICAH), who had been working to improve and shape sexuality education policy, celebrated the decision. “We believed that the entire school system needed to make a commitment to providing life-saving information to Chicago schools, so we took our cause to the top,” said Mayadet Patittucci, a senior at Curie Metropolitan High School. Patittucci and other students organized two rallies in August 2005 and again in December outside the district’s administration building that lead to meetings with CPS administrators and a hand in crafting the new policy.
The new policy calls for a curriculum committee to design a program that will provide students with “age-appropriate and medically accurate information concerning the emotional, psychological, physiological, hygienic and social responsibility aspects of family life.” In particular, the curriculum will emphasize abstinence as the “expected norm” but will also include instruction on contraception, STD and pregnancy prevention, and HIV transmission.
Here is a direct link to section 704.6 of the Chicago Public School Policy Handbook, Family Life and Comprehensive Sexual Health Education [PDF], and a quote from the policy text.
“Family Life and Comprehensive Sexual Health Education” is an educational program or course that provides age appropriate and medically accurate information concerning the emotional, psychological, physiological, hygienic and social responsibility aspects of family life. The program or course includes, but is not limited to such topics as sexual abstinence until marriage, informed decision-making, and the prevention and control of infection and disease. In grades 5 through 12, the program or course shall include instruction on the prevention of pregnancy through the use of medically recommended contraceptives, and on transmission and the prevention of most sexually transmitted infections, including HIV, through the use of medically recommended protective/barrier methods. It shall also include instruction on the potential emotional and psychological consequences of preadolescent and adolescent sexual intercourse outside of marriage and the consequences of unintended adolescent pregnancy, financial responsibility owed to children born in and out of wedlock, laws relating to sexual relations with children under the age of 18, appropriate action in response to sexual harassment or assault, responsible parenting and respect for all persons.