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Parenting classes taught in schools

Jaime Lynn Spears isn't the only kid getting knocked up these days. According to The National Center for Health Statistics, 414,593 babies were born to females between the ages of 15 and 19 in 2005. The number of babies born to teens increased 3% -- to 41.9 births per 1,000 girls -- between 2005 and 2006, according to USA Today.

In Texas, school officials aren't trying to combat the problem by teaching abstinence only--or even safe sex education. Nope, as reported by the Houston Chronicle, if a plan passes this week, Texas health teachers will be required to add parenting lessons and paternity awareness to their curricula by next school year. Courses would focus on relationships, money management, domestic violence, marriage preparation and paternity laws.

Although the proposed lessons are mainly targeted toward high schoolers, one Texas teacher thinks the new curriculum could be beneficial to middle schoolers, too.

Jean Smith, who oversees the teen parenting program in the Alief school district in southwest Houston told the paper, "It needs to start sooner, frankly, If they're watching soap operas and movies and all of this by age 13, then they need to be exposed to what relationships are all about."

Is this curriculum something you'd want approved in your child's school district? If so, what grade should it start being taught in? Talk back below!


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