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April 12, 2011 / Sarah

Health Education cut?

Yeah, cool NH.  Being someone who is into health, especially the nutrition and fitness part I really do think that Health class is kind of necessary. With our terrible economy and NH budget cuts my high school (along with many others) are being forced to cut teachers and programs. The art department was the first to say goodbye, and now they are looking at Health as well.

I am an aide at my school for the sixth grade health class and let me tell you, the teacher knows her shit. However, she is being let go and one possibility for replacement is for the gym teachers (we have 2) to teach health? Yes they are qualified, but personally I would not want to sit in a room with a bunch of testosterone and learn sex ed. from a gym teacher. I get it, times are tough. Why not cut a gym teacher and just have 1 gym, 1 health? For me I don’t feel that the learning experience would be the same coming from the PE teacher, and health is kind of extremely important. Without your health, what is there?

Health Education is important for many reasons, you learn:

– Ways to stay away from drugs/alcohol

– Sex& development/abstinence/safe sex

– Basic nutrition

– WHY fitness is important

– Obesity/ diseases/ disorders

– Relationships (friends, family, co-workers) – just in general what a healthy relationship should look like

In all honesty parents/guardians are role models and teachers for their child(ren) but not all have the time, patience or even knowledge to educate their child(ren) on health related issues. Health education is vital to a persons general wellbeing. This is where health teachers come in, not gym teachers. There IS a difference. Health teachers educate you on how to maximize your life, how to nourish your body and many other things. Physical education teachers show kids how to be active. BOTH are needed, it is a combination, a balancing act. Choosing to cut one or the other will place many children on a fine line in their future.

I’m sorry but I’d rather not have my gym teacher who makes us run 4-6 laps then play dodge ball or hocker (yeah, figure that one out!) tell me how to maximize my wellbeing.

Rant done.

What is your opinion on this issue?

If your in high school still, is your school making cuts for the 2011/2012 year?

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  1. Ellie / Apr 12 2011 1:08 am

    oh no~that’s not a good thing at all~I totally agree that leading by example is the best way! But at least there should be SOME guidance at school when it comes to health. I can see the great benefits b/c when I go to school with my autistic student and kids see me eat lunch, they kind of seem to get inspired to want to eat healthy, etc. they always notice and comment on it. And they’re only in 4th grade! 😀 btw, you can deadlift really heavy, good job!

    • Sarah / Apr 12 2011 10:26 am

      I think it is a awful idea to cut health or to have PE teachers instruct the class.

      That is awesome that the 4th graders are inspired by your lunches, get em’ healthy girl!

      Thank you 🙂

  2. lindsay / Apr 12 2011 2:22 am

    uh! that is such a shame! I am totally with you! Kids need to be educated in health and fitness just as importantly as math and science. It about our well being, ya know?

    • Sarah / Apr 12 2011 10:28 am

      When I first heard I was just shocked that cutting a program vital to well our existence was up on the “chopping block”! Thank you for your support 🙂

  3. Sable@SquatLikeALady / Apr 12 2011 2:46 am

    I am totally with you!

    Back when dinosaurs roamed the earth and I went to high school in Mass (hi neighbor 🙂 well not currently but we may be moving back soon!) our health classes were taught by gym teachers and….I don’t think I learned one single thing in four years of health. They were male and teaching a class of females so you could tell they were uncomfortable talking about sex ed and that made us kids uncomfortable and we didn’t learn. This is a HUGE mistake if NH goes ahead with this…

    • Sarah / Apr 12 2011 10:29 am

      First off if you move back to Mass, lunch date 😉 Ha!

      Yeah if the PE teachers take back over health no child will learn a thing, nor want to. Health will become that class you take for an easy A instead of a class that you take to actually learn about your body.

  4. keepnthefaith / Apr 12 2011 2:14 pm

    This is awful. I totally agree with you that they should not cut someone who is more than QUALIFIED for the job, just to pay someone who MAYBE qualified for the job to do it for cheaper. So ridiculous. Health classes are so important for our children. Wow this makes me furious. Now I know why my sissy wants to homeschool her child!

    • Sarah / Apr 13 2011 10:18 am

      Exactly. They want someone who will cost less. Isn’t education supposed to be about learning, and doesn’t proper learning come best from those who KNOW the subject “well” not just “okay”. I get it times are tough but seriously don’t be an idiot and sacrifice a child’s health/education over it.

  5. Alexandra / Apr 12 2011 2:42 pm

    I ditto everything you said. It’s just so frustrating to see US education going downhill 😦 If government wants to change America’s image of being the fattest nation in the world, I think they should keep health classes. How else will less fortunate kids learn how to stay healthy?? Kids living off of food stamps will just keep eating the junk food stamps provide, contributing to the obesity epidemic even more. Health classes teach kids to make better choices, buy an apple instead of a coke, play outside instead of playing video games… It’s an essential course if you ask me! Grr it’s just terrible, what a tragedy!

    • Sarah / Apr 13 2011 10:22 am

      EXACTLY! So aggrevating! You are right, health is an essential course and it should be taught be a trained professional, not a gym teacher or another person who can be payed on a lower scale. By lowering the value of education less kids will be able to grow up and make succesful careers because they just won’t have the proper skills needed. With the food stamp piece, I could not agree more!

  6. AJ / Apr 17 2011 8:23 pm

    Your frustration with the termination of a Health teacher is understandable. If you think it’s better to cut a PE teacher (or a similar amount of money elsewhere in the budget, which is likely to be bloated anyway), that’s understandable. To ask people to pay higher taxes is a harder sell as it tends to be a slipper slope and people are not undertaxed (inflation alone is more than eating up any wage increases). Different people will have different opinions on where to cut. There maybe ways to address these concerns: school boards, etc.

    • Sarah / Apr 18 2011 11:47 am

      They ended up having another school board meeting and it was decided to hire another health teacher (cutting the current one) who is cheaper due to less education/experience.

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