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Health needs of our kids addressed in district’s plan

2010-06-27T00:00:00Z Health needs of our kids addressed in district’s planStacey Anderson, Letter to the editor Helena Independent Record

As a parent of a grade-school student, I am writing in support of the school district’s new health curriculum standards. Helena’s kids attend excellent public schools that should be striving to provide a foundation upon which our kids can grow. I’ve been impressed with my daughter’s teachers so far and believe that they should be empowered to address the health issues that our children will face — even the challenging ones that can make us parents squeamish.

Addressing the health needs of our kids means discussing the facts of life in an unbiased, factual, age-appropriate way. We need all of our kids to have the facts, not just the few who have parents willing to discuss the tricky issues of discrimination, equality, STI/pregnancy prevention, etc.

Leaving any element out of a comprehensive health curriculum exposes our kids to gross misinformation and bullying as they mature. We want our town to be a welcoming community that helps our children flourish, not a town where educators are silenced and denial about the realities our kids face runs rampant because of a vocal minority. Support our teachers and help our kids — adopt the new curriculum standards.

Stacey Anderson

Helena

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  1. cogitate_truth
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    cogitate_truth - June 30, 2010 8:29 am
    The "minimal" rate you speak of was the rate of unhidden unwed child birth.

    The known rate was only those who's parents could not afford the cost of "keeping the shameful secret."
  2. dietz1963
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    dietz1963 - June 27, 2010 12:38 pm
    Stacey, I fail to see where teaching what I will call "sexual preference" has anything to do with health especially at such a young age. I understand and sympathize with the homosexual communities issue with acceptance and equality, particularily the children of homosexuals trying to understand why they have parents of same sex while other children have parents of different sexes. Biologically speaking, it still takes a man and a woman to make a baby regardless of how homosexuals sugar coat it. Its still difficult for me to accept that in today's society its accepted that its "ok" for gay men to get a surrogate through artificial insemination to bear their children which science has made possible. A way around the "morality" of a gay man having sex with a woman which would be outside their union in order to bear their children. Still, what does any of that have to do with health and the biggest issue most people have, at such a young age?

    Obesity seems to be the biggest thing plaguing our youth and that IS a health issue. More youth have stress which leads to health problems that was unheard of in years past. Both stress and obesity which can be better controlled through more physical fitness and eating right that both seems to have waned in the years. So instead of increasing knowledge in that area, we want to increase sex education?

    In the area of bullying, look at how many kids have reacted with weapons or suicide from aspects of being bullied and a lot of the bullying was rarely because they were referred to as gay. Terms such as zero, nerd, trailer trash, weak, dumb, loser....all these bullying terms that we still haven't gotten our arms around, but lets concentrate on not using the word "gay"? What about targeting bullies themselves for more education? To this day the "bully" tends to be one that is larger then the other kids. Probably an "A" student, successful in school and sports, liked by teachers and parents alike. So successful that these bullies get away with bullying because no one can believe they are bullies.

    What I believe should be of even more concern is our education as a whole. Close to 30 years ago (my generation) the U.S. was ranked number 1, now we are ranked 18 and slipping with each year.

    I suppose my bottom line is this, lets fix what really is broken before we attempt to fine tune something else. And by all means, lets do it at the appropriate age. Kids have enough problems being kids and what I see year after year we are taking away that adolescence from them. There are dangers of "growing up" before they are ready.
  3. Mtspirit
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    Mtspirit - June 27, 2010 8:33 am
    Read the curriculum. It is very biased, assumes we all have the same ideals when it comes to sexuality, same sex marriage, abortion etc. It also starts too young....in my opinion.
  4. billhaslip
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    billhaslip - June 27, 2010 7:38 am

    Teaching about homosexuality at that young age is not natural or normal. You ceartianly won't have to worry about teen pregnancy if the school succeeds in convincing your child that being homosexual is normal and ok, even before they have had time to weigh their normal thoughts about normal sexuality.

  5. Therightchange
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    Therightchange - June 27, 2010 4:32 am
    If sex education provided by those who have so little experience and knowlege of the subject is so wonderful why is it that when many of us were of school age the rate of unwed child birth was minimal at most and now with the advent of the wonders of sex education about the joys of alternate lifestyles etc the birth rate among the unwed is soring? Better that the school system try to teach the basics of education which it was supposed to do and not venture into areas where it has no credibility and will only do harm to the youngsters of this community.

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