Teach Self-Defense in Physical Education in Michigan

Teach Self-Defense in Physical Education in Michigan

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Alisha Razi started this petition to Division of Educator, Student, and School Supports (DESSS) Venessa Keesler and

Self-defense is a basic set of skills that every student should have. It is not only the ability to fight back physically, but also to be mentally aware of dangerous situations and avoid them before they even happen. 

Did you know that over 750,000 students in the US that are between 12-18 years old have directly experienced violent crimes? In addition, over 67% of sexual assault victims are underage. After going through such trauma, the victims may face psychological problems including depression, anxiety, and body image issues, as well as physiological problems like eating disorders, nightmares, and panic reactions. Victims may also fall into alcohol abuse, drug abuse, and may even consider committing suicide.  

Knowing that, I believe that incorporating a self-defense unit in the physical education curriculum could potentially save lives. It is especially important to students now, who are growing up in a world full of violence. If schools think it is important to teach us what happened in the past centuries, they should also consider teaching something useful that might save the future of many children. 

In addition, teaching self-defense at school might be the key to solving bullying. How can teaching violence stop violence? Well, if students know how to handle such a scenario, a bully is not likely to mess with them. Self-defense also encourages students to maintain a healthy lifestyle and creates respect among peers. It also improves confidence, as they will be able to go out into the world knowing they can keep themselves safe. 

Teach students how to protect themselves and their future.

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