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.
What is your opinion on this issue?
If your in high school still, is your school making cuts for the 2011/2012 year?