Hello world! I’ve enjoyed writing more posts about our society and the world around us, and I feel it’s easier for me. With so much happening in my life I don’t feel like I have to time to read, but no matter what I am present within this society. I don’t know if I’ve mentioned this before, but I would love to start a charity! I’m going into my senior year of high school and I can finally start moving myself into the real world. Pursuing my dreams, getting involved in my community, and the first step is using this blog to spread good.
Currently I’m doing summer school. I’m taking a health class to get ahead so I don’t have to do it during the school year. And wow, is it bad. I feel like it’s tone deaf, and not a real health education. It’s built on fear mongering, and a facade of what the world is. Not to mention, how clearly incorrect it is. Let me explain more.
Let’s start with how wrong it is. I’ll pose you a question I actually got on one of the tests- “Lucy is addicted to heroin; what should she do to stop? A) Hangout with friends who are also addicted B) Continue using the drug C) Listen to music. So many people in this world struggle with addiction and this not only makes it seem like a joke but also does not give real information or resources to help. It poses addiction as something that is a choice, and not a mistake, disease, result of environment, or genetic disposition. Imagine what it says about other health topics.
Honorable mention: We had to watch a video called “Why You’re Not Depressed” and I wrote a very long paragraph about why judging from the title alone it was a horrid video, but also dove into why the contents of the video made it horrid.
Nest lets talk about this fear mongering since we’re kind of on the topic of drugs. While things like drugs and sex can 100% be dangerous, you cannot pose it as only that and need to talk about what it is as a whole. It’s not right to show one side of the coin and completely ignore the rest. It’s not a true education, not helping anyone, and fits one narrative that doesn’t let teens make their own opinions. Isn’t the ultimate goal of education to be unbiased and show the facts?
I think the easiest way to explain this is via weed. What they say is Marry Jane is an addictive illegal substance that will ultimately make you lesser than who you are now. Not to mention they don’t add anyways to help. I think a better way to put this that’s more realistic and less invalidating to those struggling is: Marijuana is an addictive substance that is most recognizable by slowed movements and slowed cognitive behavior. In most states you can obtain this drug if proscribed by a health provider, or legal recreationally by the age of 21. If you feel you need help contact *insert phone number* or whatever they feel is fit.
Obviously this is a very simplified example of what we’re talking about but hopefully I was able to convey my ideas. I like to say that our health education isn’t far from those in comedy shows/movies. Remember that scene in Mean Girls when the coach tells all the kids if they have sex they’ll die? Yeah it’s like that.
The other thing that rubbed me the wrong way was this skewed, tone deaf world view. For example good health was described as having good health care providers. There’s one big problem with this, most people don’t have luxurious health insurance, if any at all. Also, this is directed towards teens, how can teens reasonably afford or qualify for health care- good health care- in America?
We also do not dive into what health is for minorities. I did some research to make sure my opinions and ideas could at least be back up by some facts, and there are so many inequalities within health and dispositions for people other than white males. Not to mention the personal prejudices people have towards others, let alone the systematic problems. Now that’s a topic for another day, but the fact is that there’s different facts for everyone.
Overall, what I’m trying to convey is that the facts they are giving us aren’t the whole story, and also it’s not realistic. It gives a view upon the world that can only be described as skewed.
You would think by 2021 we would have something so much better than this, especially with the amount of activism there is for health issues and within the newer generations. I’m very disappointed with it because it’s a class that’s really important and required. Personally I feel it does more harm than good from the invalidation and lack of resources.