District 833 Needs Health Class

District 833 Needs Health Class

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Ryan Bohn started this petition to School Board

The current Health model for District 833 is called Hybrid Health. Hybrid Health is plain and simply bad. This needs to change. 

Let me give you the rundown: throughout our four years of high school, one of our core classes is interrupted every few weeks to fit one-hour health lectures into our schedule. Over four years, all the lectures eventually add up to three trimesters. We are graded by 5 question formative quizzes that can be taken more times than needed and, every so often, one larger summative test in more or less the same style. To add to it, we’re graded on a pass/fail scale. In theory, this sounds like a clever idea, but in actuality, it does more damage than good. 

The proof is in the pudding. We’ve lost way too many students this year to mental health problems. I’ve heard of way too many STI scares/crises amongst my peers. I’ve witnessed way too many students form an unhealthy relationship with food. If you don’t believe me, ask around. You’ll likely find that most high schoolers in District 833 retained little to no knowledge surrounding what we were taught in hybrid health. Myself included. Everything I’ve learned about health has been through personal research— this, on a large scale, is dangerous. Health is the only class that, regardless of your career choice, can be applied for the rest of your life. So why do we put the least emphasis on it? We should have a much more comprehensive full-year course that begins as early as 9th grade. If you’re a student who likes the Hybrid model; you may disagree with me now, but someday you’ll wish you learned the things you hadn’t. If you’re a community member who thinks 9th grade is too early for these mature topics, I’ll leave you with this: too early is better than too late. 

There is no one to blame for this, but if this year has taught us anything— it’s that as a community, we need to take health more seriously. I hope going forward we educate students on mental, physical, and sexual health more effectively. 

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