I hope Mr. Johnston is working on a GED on the side, but other than that, I don't see what the big deal is here. All the women from my high school who had babies at 18 have much better lives than I do. You can always have a career when the kids are grown, if that's what you want; the other way 'round just doesn't happen.
Don't read the comments; the world is full of shit-heads.
(I always have to put a hyphen in "shit-heads" because otherwise I read it "shi-theeds". Bah.)