Teen Pregnancy: Parents Fault?

Natasha Naquin
Professor Richards
English 111-11 8am
November 28, 2010
Project 4

Prevention of Teen Pregnancy Lies with Parents

Sex education and relationships, a fond development that should happen at home, in private quarters with parents, not in school where it’s open for discussion. Providing this for teens gives them the ability to make correct choices individually without parents being so assertive.   The independence they receive helps carve the way to discovering themselves. Sex education and relationships, is a “lifelong learning process that provides skills for life that can make a difference to individuals” (Weyman 80).
Has anyone ever thought to teach our teens that self-esteem doesn’t revolve around sex? We all know how much pressure there is to have sex these days. “In the U.S., 45.3% of female and 48% of male adolescents between 15 to 19 years of age have had intercourse” (Commendador   1). “One fourth of adolescents have reported they had intercourse prior to age 15” (Commendador 1). Young girls feel their virginity is the only valuable item they have to offer. Some men feel women are insignificant, and they have tossed their life away after having sex; which leads to self-esteem issues. Women have more to offer than purity; in efforts to teach this importance, young girls seem to be interpreting it differently.
Girls aren’t the only ones who have self-esteem problems. Boys need to know that they’re more than just the number girls pegged on a board. In that same sense, if a schoolboy decides to wait until he’s ready, he shouldn’t feel like a loser, or not man enough, and for that matter shouldn’t be judged by other boys.   Educational programs for students should teach the significance of self-esteem to their students, as well as the impact of their choice and how much thought and consideration is needed the selection doesn’t characterize who they are.

Not only is self-esteem a problem receiving the correct information is major part...