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Students Experience the Responsibilities of Parenting

posted Sep 8, 2015, 7:38 AM by Travis Redden


They’re here! Crying babies are in the BHS hallways once again.  Not real babies of course, but the anatomy class Real Care babies are more lifelike than ever.  Mrs. Wakefield, the high school science teacher, is using her anatomy class to deliver a new message to high school students about teen pregnancy.  Since BHS does not have a child development class, Mrs. Wakefield decided that anatomy would be the perfect opportunity to learn about child care.  Last year the anatomy class had old non-working babies that didn’t help the students learn as much about child development, so Mrs. Wakefield thought it was time to request new babies.

Mrs. Wakefield’s request was fulfilled and the school purchased two new Real Care babies: one boy and one girl.  The total for both babies, including every supply necessary to take care of the babies, came to $2,482 dollars.  The new babies are extremely real and will help educate the students in many different ways.  

These babies require diaper changes, cloth changing, rocking, feeding, and even burping.  The baby's computer system also collects information when you are too rough with the baby, if you shake the baby, if you hold the baby in the wrong position and whether or not you support the baby's neck. Failing to do any of these properly will result in extreme crying.  

When the student decides to take the baby home, the student gets an armband with a chip attached, and a babysitter chip.  In order to take care of the baby when it cries you have to swipe the chip across the baby's chest for the baby to recognize you as the mother. If you have someone use the babysitter key, the baby can detect that as well and so can Mrs. Wakefield's computer monitor. If you constantly have the “babysitter” take care of the child you’re not going to get a good grade.  After you swipe your key it is your duty as the “parent” to find out why your child is crying.  It might be crying because he or she is  hungry, it might need its diaper changed, or maybe your baby is just fussy and wants a soothing rock.  However, the hard part is finding the problem and fixing it quickly so your child stops crying, especially when you're in class.

The actual computer systems calculate all the information from the baby and sends it straight to Mrs. Wakefield who can also set the baby on easy, medium, or hard from her computer.  When you return the baby from your care back to Mrs. Wakefield she will print out your report. On the report it tells you a percentage for every task you performed on the baby.  For instance, when your child is fussy you must rock it. You will be graded on rocking, how many times you change the diaper, how well you burp, and feed the baby.  It also calculates different types of mishandling like shaking, head support, wrong positioning, and rough handling.  If you miss a feeding your feeding percentage will drop.  The computer system can even calculate how long you leave your child in the car seat, and can also keep track of the baby’s temperature.

It is not mandatory for a student to take a baby home. However, it is extra credit and a good source for extra points.  Students can earn a maximum of forty points per semester. On the easy setting the student may earn up to ten points each day, fifteen points on medium, or twenty points on the hard setting.

        We look forward to seeing students carrying babies around the hallways.  We all know that  every student is dying to take a baby home.   Also, if you're a parent of an anatomy student be prepared to wake up in the middle of the night from a crying baby. Hopefully these babies will teach your children how much of a responsibility it is to care for a child.

Article by Hannah Koehler


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