A long-running program in WA schools provides teenage girls with robotised dolls to care for, the aim being to show the girls the disruption a baby would cause in their lives thus discouraging early pregnancy.
Dr Sally Brinkman studied the program finding it actually encourages teenage pregnancy:
“In terms of trying to prevent teenage pregnancy, I think on the basis of our results, I don’t think it’s a good public spend.
“The education system delivers a whole lot of programs to students and many of them do not have a solid evidence base.”
It’s hard to believe educators are wasting time and money that would be better spent on more traditional educational activities.