I remember this beautiful woman.
Do we have to sit back and watch Whitney Houston kill herself? Why won't her family commit her to a mental institution to get her the help she needs? I don't know, if she was my child I think I would kidnap her and lock her up with doctors and let her detox. I hate watching her lose this battle in the public eye.
Why are so many teens getting pregnant now? I'm talking about those who are in high school, not yet even seniors. As I walked the halls of some of these schools I am surprised to see so many young ladies walking around with extended bellies as if it is how it should be? How are these young girls going to feed, clothed and educate these babies when they don't even have the skills to take care of themselves? Even though nationally the overall teen pregnancies rate is decreasing, it doesn't seem that way in the schools I visited. Bush need to reinstate the intervention and prevention program. Clearly, abstinence is not working.
One in three teen mothers drops out of high school. Teens may not have developed good parenting skills, or have social support systems to help them deal with the stress of raising an infant. Pregnancy and parenting is cited as a major reason for females dropping out of school. Eighty percent of females who become mothers before the age of eighteen don't finish high school and forty percent of females who give birth by age fifteen don't complete 8th grade.
Why are our males dropping out of school between the grades of 8th and 9th grades? Why are many of these teens citing boredom, lack of focus, and no real motivation in the classroom? What are we going to do about it? Some states such as Baltimore are reporting up to 76 percent of the dropouts in the 9th grades are African American males. How can we help stop this problem across the country? Other races are equally affected too, just at a lower rate.
One thing that I am planning on organizing is a "Teen Forum" to discuss what is it that teenagers want adults to know? I think that adults always sit around and ponder how can we help and what can we do to inspire teens, but I think it is high time we ask them what is wrong and what can we do to inspire and encourage them. We need to know why teens are making poor choices, so I want to go to them. Our audiences will be parents, ministers, pastors, community business leaders, politicians, and educators and administrators. This will be moderated by someone who teens repect.