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.