Public Schools: Maturity for Unwed Mothers

Most U.S. school systems until recently had a blunt but simple way to deal with the girl who became pregnant: she was kicked out, sometimes with a cryptic note on her record that "cyesis" or "glandular imbalance" was the cause. As the rate of illegitimate births among teen-agers continues to rise despite the easy availability of contraceptives, school officials are coming to realize that dismissal from class is neither a humane nor a sensible solution to the problems of pregnant girls. More and more urban school systems are setting up educational centers where the girls can keep up their...

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