Students Say Pregnancy Class is Helpful

You son or daughter may be taking a parenting and paternity class this year and students say they are learning valuable information.

Your tax dollars are paying to provide the Parenting and Paternity Awareness Program or p.a.p.a. That is being mandated by the Texas Attorney General.

Students say becoming a parent is on the mind of many of their peers and most of them do not understand the long term financial consequences.

Bushland High School Senior Breezy Chamberlain says, "Yeah one of my friends was like yeah I want to get pregnant so my boyfriend will stay with me."

But they say the p.a.p.a. curriculum has already influenced their choices and hope it will do the same for others.  Senior Kayla Courts says, "It signaled this light bulb like don't become a teen mom."

Chamberlain says, "Like I can inform people that want to get to pregnant, like I can inform them about it to try to change their minds."

In the course students learn how to calculate child support payments, as well as the costs of having and raising a baby.

"If some parents or teenage parents realize the whole legal process and the whole thing they have to go through the would realize they really don't want to get pregnant," says Chamberlain.

A p.a.p.a teacher says that is why she focuses most on the legal aspect of parenting. "I do think that has a big influence on our kids and some of them have told me that it's really opened my eyes to what's available in the law."

Training is still happening for some area health teachers who will begin teaching the curriculum next semester. The Attorney General says the hope is by reducing the teen pregnancy rate, the rate of unpaid child support will also improve.