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... and educational isolation to generate and reinforce the concept that these girls need to be separated in order to succeed.
In challenging the seeming naturalness of ‘teen mother’ as a fixed category that requires separate schooling and curricula, I argue that the discourses and policies that support separation are not rooted in the educational benefit of the young woman. Rather, separating these girls from other students works to reassert dominant norms in opposition to the ‘other.’ By examining the discourses that support and are supported by the educational policy of separation for adolescent women with children, we provide a point of rupture from which we can challenge educational decisions that have been taken for granted in the past and call for rethinking our educational and curricular actions with regard to pregnant students and those who have children.
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