Sorry, I don't agree with your statement. I truly believe that as a society, some of us have the children (who will actually be paying for our retirement), while others don't want to have them or will have them before or after they go to school. I also believe that women are often penalized because they are left with the bulk of the guilt, let alone the bulk of the work. I am glad to live in a society where I see more and more men sharing parenthood responsibilities, but there is a lot of work to be done still. Parenthood cannot be seen as punishment or punishable - the whole society is responsible, and that does not mean special privileges, but policies that don't penalize parents over non-parent students. Special policies are needed to level the playing field and this is what equity means, looking at special circumstances and being fair with everyone.
Student mammas (and pappas!) -- does your school have any policies in place for student parents? - Page 3
I can see both sides of this...
My school I don't think had any policies, but, when it came down to it most of my professors were really cool about letting my miss class or make things up as long as I had good communication with them...I turned in documentation whenever possible also and I did try and use plan B or C when possible...that said, I went to a relatively small school and I was in one of the smallest departments on campus so I knew all my professors really well (I was pregnant with my first during my first semester and had another child as well before I graduated).