Category Archives: Standards

What will you do for love? — I Hate Consequences!

Unsure Girl

As I read the article, Christian High School Doubles Down on Banning Pregnant Student from Graduation, I’m reminded of 3 topics of health curriculum • What Will You Do for love / acceptance? sex, drugs,. . . . . • Are short term pleasures worth the long term consequence • Establish boundaries or Guardrails* to protect future goals Maddi Runkles… Read more »

What does Justice have to do with Health Lessons?

Bill Cosby during Sexual Assault Trial -- Was Justice Served?

What does Justice have to do with Health Lessons?  My students could tell you because they knew about how sexual court cases are judged by people using common sense.  I knew and my students would have known the day Andrea Constand (Cosby’s accuser) testified in court, that she was not going to win her case. You need 12 jurors for… Read more »

Will Your Wants Drive You to the Path of Your Hopes and Dreams?

The trick in teaching is give students just enough information to do an activity. Where they have to apply knowledge to a situation they / friend / or stranger will likely experience.    Their job is to figure out —  a)     What is the wise thing to do? b)     What did I learn from this………………? In other words, the student internalizes… Read more »

Should you know if Ideology or Principled Position Matters?

This is an important tool to help students of all ages distinguish the characteristic marks of a person who uses the language of ideology versus a person who uses the language of a principled position.  Not every person arguing vigorously for a position is putting forth an ideology.  Some actually are expressing what they believe is a serious position and… Read more »

Do Circumstance or Choice Matter in the End?

  Place the sentence below on the board.  As your students enter class, ask them to write a paragraph answering this philosophical question. Are you a victim of your circumstances or a product of your choices? Once this is done: •   ask for students to discuss their thoughts •   discuss the Teacher Notes •   use a story from local news… Read more »

What Matters More: What you Say or What you Do?

  “Hillbilly Elegy” is a wonderful book about one of America’s subcultures, the white working class of Scots-Irish descent in Appalachia. J.D. Vance writes about his family’s problems in the context of this culture. A culture that tightly clings to traditional values that are / can be distorted into destructive behaviors. Let me give one of his examples of destructive… Read more »

Dante’s Divine Comedy is the Ultimate Self-Help Resource

I like to use stories to illustrate what I consider an important point.  Sometimes, the stories are music videos, Dear Abby Columns, or Dr. Seuss.  I recommend that Health teachers try something really crazy — partner up with a high school Literature teacher and start a Dante Club. It has been done before with great success.  Clubs are where people… Read more »

How to use a Drug Unit to Challenge Student World Views

                There is always a Drug Unit in Health class because there are a percentage of students: ·       who already do drugs ·       who are curious and are open to experimenting if / when the right opportunity comes up ·       have older family members who use and / or deal drugs ·       will… Read more »

How to Always Have Boyfriends! Women are Powerful!

Life was simpler when I was young. We knew boys / men were different than girls / women, each had their separate roles in life, the cultural and religious moral code was similar, so there were culturally agreed upon expectations and standards. We did not have a health class. I did see a video explaining the male and reproductive system… Read more »

Rejection is an Important Element in Decision Making

Rejection is an Important Element in Decision Making

Rejection is an important (often unspoken) element in Decision Making. Sometimes it’s you who rejects something or someone and sometimes someone else does the rejecting, you don’t fit their style. We don’t like rejection; it snatches away our comfortable zone.   Without people realizing it, we select / reject people and things all the time.  Rejections are based on our likes… Read more »

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