Adoption In The News: Robot Babies

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Today’s article takes us away from the specific topic of adoption, and focuses on parenting. A new type of pregnancy class is being taught in some high schools in Virginia, and part of the curriculum includes taking care of a “robot baby” for a weekend. The article says that the baby simulator is programmed to cry throughout the night and needs to be fed and changed. The schools hope that this experience will help show teens all of the responsibilities of being a parent at such a young age.

This article brings up a lot of questions. What do you think about the tactics used in the class? Do you feel this experience will show teens what life may be like should they become pregnant and a parent at a young age? Do you think adoption would ever cross their minds? Do you think this curriculum even includes a discussion on parenting alternatives?