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post #21 of 263
Oh, and I LOVE Ashley. I think she is hilarious!
post #22 of 263
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I also love this show. I teach high school and do see many similarities in the characters. The one thing that drives me nuts is the constantly ringing cell phones at the high school.....I have never taught at one that would allow that! LOL. And when students were just leaving school on their own? Also doesn't happen- talk about huge safety liability. But for all the bad acting and reality type problems, I do love watching the show. I like the character of Amy and can see her as a typical teen ager. I see many girls like her.
About the whole students leaving on their own...I don't know how it goes now but when I was in high school plenty of kids had their own cars and drove themselves to and from school. The district didn't provide buses but Metro had a program where they would re-route their buses so that some of us could take the bus home. Also if we wanted to leave, most of us just did that, but made sure we either had a note or didn't let the teachers see us. As far as cell phones, I know most schools don't allow them to be on like that but a lot students still have them and keep them on silent except for between classes or at lunch. However, the constant cell phone ringing on the show does seem a bit stretched though.

I think overall the show is more realistic than some teen shows out there, but obviously played up quite a bit for entertainment value. I could completely see a quiet person like Amy completely freaking out over a pregnancy and not telling her parents (I was a pregnant teen, so I can understand how she might feel-although I did not have the same reservations about telling my parents). I agree that Ashley however does seem to be the most normal teen on the entire show! I'm curious to see what Amy ends up doing with the baby-will she keep it and raise or give it up for adoption? Part of me thinks that the show will sort of use this as a way to popularize adoption for teen moms and show Amy giving her baby up. That would bother me immensely if they did that because statistically most teen mothers raise their children, so if realism is what they are aiming for, it would probably be most realistic to have Amy keep and raise her baby. Not that there is anything wrong with teens who choose to give up their babies, but I don't like the pressure so many of them receive. It's a personal choice that should be made based on unbiased information, not parents, teachers, and doctors telling you what you "should" do and what they think is best. Also, there aren't many teen shows that really acknowledge that there are teen mothers who are in the schools, and who have many friends, and it's not always a sad story. Many teen mothers do great, and I think it would be awesome have Amy have her baby and continue on with her schooling, while dealing with teen issues.
post #23 of 263
I've only caught glimpses of the show, but what I did see made me laugh. Mainly just because the title is secret life of an american teenager, or whatever. Yet in reality only about one percent of the american teenage population is rich, white, pretty and pregnant. hehe.
post #24 of 263
I really enjoyed last night's show. No complaints at all and I think it was because Jack wasn't on it. I don't like his character at all.
post #25 of 263
Last nights show was eh. Ok i guess. I guess it was pretty predictable Ricky would try and be the "good" guy and step up or whatever. I am kinda disappointed in that, I wanted someone *normal* on the show. Ricky to me is the normalest(is that even a word?) teen on the show IMO. I hate Amys dad. He gives me the creeps. I cant wait til it all comes out about him sleeping with Adrians mom. I love the way the show talks openly about sex and its complications, but also involves birth control too. Its a really good show for teens, IMO. My 14 yo son loves this show so much!
post #26 of 263
Waiting patiently for this episode to be up on youtube....
post #27 of 263
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Waiting patiently for this episode to be up on youtube....

You can see it on abcfamily now

http://abcfamily.go.com/abcfamily/pa...ager_Full_1007
post #28 of 263
yeah, we got rid of our cable, and i am mildly intriegued by this show....
post #29 of 263
So I watched it! Anybody else seriously annoyed by Grace's dad? I cannot stand people who think they automatically know what is best for everybody in every situation. Adoption may be a good decision for a person like Amy... but maybe not! Her family is very supportive, her boyfriend is very supportive, and the father of the baby is coming around and wants to be responsible as well. It doesnt seem like adoption is her only choice... and maybe, just maybe, a baby deserves to be with its mother if at all possible.
post #30 of 263
It's so very 7th heaven-y cheesy. But for some unexplainable reason, i look forward to it every week. Go figure...
post #31 of 263
I should have explained the leaving thing better. We have kids who drive to and from school, but if they are leaving in the middle of the day, they have to check out from the office. Now, many of them have parental permission to check out and drive themselves home, but they still have to check out or they are skipping school. We are legally responsible for them while on campus. IF they leave without parental permission and something happens to them, we can be sued. One of the reasons why skipping school is such a serious offense.

Do you all think she will really leave to live with her grandmother? How would you feel about letting your dd do that in this situation?
post #32 of 263
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I should have explained the leaving thing better. We have kids who drive to and from school, but if they are leaving in the middle of the day, they have to check out from the office. Now, many of them have parental permission to check out and drive themselves home, but they still have to check out or they are skipping school. We are legally responsible for them while on campus. IF they leave without parental permission and something happens to them, we can be sued. One of the reasons why skipping school is such a serious offense.

Do you all think she will really leave to live with her grandmother? How would you feel about letting your dd do that in this situation?
yeah kids leaving in the middle of the day isn't quite true although i think some schools let out for lunch. but thats the smallest part of the show!

i don't think amy should live with her grandmother. she either needs to stay in school with the current living arrangments or live with Ben and homeschool. i think them living together albeit is the furthest thing from reality it also lets them REALLY learn whats its going to be like to be a family and with bens dad living there as well theres an adult mediator that isn't uptight.

amys dad is a bit weird/controlling "you NEED me" really got my goat.

i'm so excited for the next episode! they felt the baby kick! :
post #33 of 263
Yea, I dont think she is going anywhere. Maybe for a week, and then she will be back. Ya know, I remember pregnant girls in high school, and never thought it was totally horrible. Nobody made fun of them...
post #34 of 263
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i think it's super cheesy and badly scripted, badly acted, and the background music (twangy guitars of doom) remind me too much of 7th Heaven...

...but i still watch it every week.
yes me too!

but i LOVE it.

i even dvr'd it when we were out of town!
post #35 of 263
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yeah kids leaving in the middle of the day isn't quite true although i think some schools let out for lunch. but thats the smallest part of the show!

i don't think amy should live with her grandmother. she either needs to stay in school with the current living arrangments or live with Ben and homeschool. i think them living together albeit is the furthest thing from reality it also lets them REALLY learn whats its going to be like to be a family and with bens dad living there as well theres an adult mediator that isn't uptight.

amys dad is a bit weird/controlling "you NEED me" really got my goat.

i'm so excited for the next episode! they felt the baby kick! :
Yea my school was pretty nuts at lunch and while we weren't allowed many of them would leave, get some food, and then come back. Sometimes we'd miss our next class and get the standard "your child missed one or more classes" phone but mostly we came back. I agree though you can't just walk out of most high schools unless you have a note or sneak out. I've never heard of a parent suing a school for skipping, but I suppose in this day and age it could happen.

Anyway yea I think they should have Amy stay in school. It is the most realistic thing, since most teen mothers do stay in school, homeschool, or do an alternative program. I don't think her living with her boyfriend would be too off-base though because some teen couples do live together, with their parent's permission even. I lived with my eighteen year old boyfriend in my parent's house when I was seventeen, and that was before I got pregnant. However, it's not the norm so I can see why they wouldn't make that a part of the show.
post #36 of 263
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Originally Posted by mar123 View Post
I should have explained the leaving thing better. We have kids who drive to and from school, but if they are leaving in the middle of the day, they have to check out from the office. Now, many of them have parental permission to check out and drive themselves home, but they still have to check out or they are skipping school. We are legally responsible for them while on campus. IF they leave without parental permission and something happens to them, we can be sued. One of the reasons why skipping school is such a serious offense.

Do you all think she will really leave to live with her grandmother? How would you feel about letting your dd do that in this situation?

I can honestly say in my high school (now this was 13+ yrs ago) we left school, a lot. never signing out. There was one week in particular that 10 students (myself included) would wait for the 1st bell and walk off school grounds right in front of the office. We did this 5 days in a row. Our parents were never called until Friday and it was never connected that duh we were all leaving together.

As for Amy living with her grandmother, if it was my daughter and that is what SHE felt was the right thing for her to do then I would let her. When was a pregnant I lived in a home for unwed teens, it was the best choice for me and I don't regret it still to this day. I also had family support and kept my son, who is now 12 and I can't imagine life without.
post #37 of 263
I want Amy's dad to be killed off. His growly voice is getting to me.
post #38 of 263
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I want Amy's dad to be killed off. His growly voice is getting to me.
lol, I like him a lot. I like the actor though, have since he was on OLTL. he always makes me smile.
post #39 of 263
i like the show even though its got bad scripts and horrible acting. maybe the same reason i watched 7th heaven until the end, though i havent been watching this since i was 9 lol!
and i just love the Brendavision! at the end (not) i swear that woman is...odd.

anyway im kinda confused how the news could keep replaying an obviously underaged girl and possibly underaged guy without even knowing who they were. is that legal? they had to get 2 permission slips PLUS another one right before it happened when i was younger. that kind of confused me. and yeah that was way over the top with making fun of her.

obviously amys mom figured out her DID have a g/f. so why is adrian the only one who knows and now ricky? i mean..that just seems strange to me as well. cant figure out how or why adrians mom even got WITH him, shes never home, almost literally for one. i dont know maybe im weird.
post #40 of 263
I missed it this week! Whaaa.

In the days of school violence and shootings, most schools monitor who comes and goes on and off campus much more diligently.

The only time parents can sue for skipping is if the teacher knows, takes no action, and something happens to the kid. We are legally responsible for them as long as they are supposed to be here.
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