Should parenting be taught in high school?
Maths, Afrikaans, Parenting? Sipho feels the curriculum should include more of the most important life lesson: how to be a good parent.
A lesson that guaranteed 100% concentration from every student in my class, was the lecture on the human reproductive system.
Teenage giggles could be heard as our science teacher explained to us the names and functions of the internal and external female and male reproductive organs. We were later intrigued by illustrations of the different stages of development of the unborn child.
Now, years later, I wonder why we were never taught what happened to the baby after birth? We were never taught how to be a good father or a good mother to that new baby. Surely, if they taught us how a baby was made they should also have taught us how to care for it.
I think the school curriculum should be updated to prepare teenagers for parenthood
Can parenting be taught?
Formal education is supposed to prepare us for life and one of the most important roles we play as human beings is the parenting. The majority of high school students today will end up as parents and introducing parenting lessons will contribute to them turning into better parents in the future.
Some people will argue that teaching high school kids about fatherhood and motherhood may increase teenage pregnancies
but I beg to differ. If teenagers get all the information about parenting they will quickly realise that parenting is no joke and may feel discouraged to get involved in irresponsible sex.
The parents’ job
Another line of thought could be that it’s not the school’s responsibility to teach parenting skills but the parents’. In reality many parents do not have the time to sit down and give their children structured instructions on look after a baby or on becoming a good mum or dad. Sadly, some parents unknowingly pass on flawed parenting skills to their children by their bad examples.
I’m sure any parent would be pleased to hear a teenage son say, ‘Today, in school we were taught how to bath and clothe a newborn child (using a dummy baby of course!). Tomorrow we’ll learn 10 qualities of a good father.’
The young man will have been placed on a path towards responsible fatherhood
Do you think we’d be better parents if we learned more about it in high school?