02/22/2018

Active Shooter Situation — What Should Teachers Do?

There was another Active Shooter Situation, this time in Florida — A recent survey showed that about 50% of teachers do not know what to do. Read below from a training session with my local police on the best steps for teachers and students. This article is a summary of a Police seminar on an active shooter situation and focuses on: The teacher’s role regarding what to do in an active shooter event What items can secure the classroom and […]
07/27/2017
Unsure Girl

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

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 has become a hot topic in social media and on talk radio. She is the 18 year old attending a […]
07/05/2017
Sheep vs. Sheepdog

What do you want to be?: Sheep vs Sheepdog = Leader vs Follower

  As I read the article “Sex Assaults in High School Sports Minimized as “Hazing”, I was reminded of the movie American Sniper’s famous scene entitle “The Sheepdog Speech”. There are three kinds of people in this world — sheep, wolves and sheepdogs. The sheep prefer to believe that evil doesn’t exist in this world. The wolves use violence to prey on the weak. The sheepdogs are blessed with the gift of aggression and possess an overpowering need to protect […]
06/22/2017
Bill Cosby during Sexual Assault Trial -- Was Justice Served?

What does Justice have to do with Health Lessons?

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 a conviction; for a case dismissal all you need is 1 juror. With her reported story, there was no way […]
02/15/2017

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 behavior that can be applied to our health curriculum. J.D. Vance related a story about a member of his family. […]
02/08/2017

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 have an opportunity to meet and talk about or do a particular thing.  When people talk with each other, they […]
10/12/2016
Two High School Girls

Do you Know Either of these High School Girls?

The story of 2 High School Girls — Gertrude and Bertha, is a comparative story. Jackie Brewton used to illustrate the advantages of not having sex before marriage during my health class. By example, Jackie taught me the importance of stories in revealing a moral point without being over bearing. The listener relates / becomes the character in the story. By the end of the story no one wants to be Bertha; the students emotionally live thru three relatable incidents […]

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