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 in Biology and I didn’t pay attention. I was 16 and totally uninterested. Yet, we knew what the current generation […]
The Birds and the Bees

Here Are Tested Ways to Teach Students More Than Simple Sex Ed

I enjoyed teaching what we called Human Growth and Development; other school districts referred to it as Sex Ed. We taught important factual information the students needed to know about STDs, Contraceptives, Refusal / No techniques and Basic Anatomy. I broaden my approach to take the students thru real life situations.   *1 Steps of Intimacy where they learn there are 13 steps between Oh isn’t he / she cute to actually having sex.   Students learn where to draw a line […]

When You Say NO, Do You Really Mean IT?

Whatever Camilla Paglia writes, I read carefully over a cup of coffee; she is that thought provoking. She was reminding her readers that her generation (she’s 69) knew the world was a dangerous place particularly for women. “The way I was brought up was: the world is a dangerous place; you must learn to defend yourself. You can’t be a fool. You have to stay alert.” * I agree; because she says this better than I and with greater authority […]
Sex Education

Sex Education is all About Choices — Know What They Are!!

It’s the last few weeks of the quarter / semester so it’s time to prepare students for Human Growth and Development (AKA Sex Education).   Therefore, I prepare the students for the Sex Education unit by using literature and music while teaching the following units: The Difference between Men and Women followed by the unit, What is Love? Steps of Intimacy These units engage the students because they transition so smoothly into Sex Ed.  Before you talk about sex, there should […]
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 […]

Is There a Problem Between Human Nature and Truth?

There are predictable reactions people have when presented with TRUTH: They get very angry at the provider of that TRUTH and either marginalize, persecute and / or eliminate the provider. They choose to deny that TRUTH and / or delay the TRUTH from becoming an accepted norm and thus change behaviors. They chose to investigate the presented TRUTH to see if it really is the TRUTH. This is what we do; it’s called human nature otherwise known as our default […]

Stanford Rape Case — What We Need to Teach Our Kids / Students

The Stanford Rape Case is another opportunity to teach our students (of all ages) that the world can be an unfair and dangerous place.  Because of western civilization, middle class lives, prosperous suburbs and gated communities many of our students haven’t come in contact with the consequences for their poor choices and / or thieves. Thieves are people who earn their living by stealing; they steal property, money, bodies and lives.   In the Stanford rape case someone’s body and soul […]

The Educational Uses of a Story — Get Great Results

The Stanford Rape case is an all-purpose resource for teaching health because it is a relatable story that elicits emotions.  Since the victim’s 12 page letter was published on social media, the Stanford rape story has exploded.  It is the national story that is in the news, talked about on talk radio / daytime TV and within families.  Everyone has an opinion and it is being expressed because people are using the story to forward their personal agenda.  As health […]

Just Say NO!

  “Just Say NO!,” was the slogan during the 80’s in regard to our country’s drug problems.  The slogan and the people who championed it were mocked as simplistic and naive.  Yet, being able to say No and being willing to walk away from culture’s current coolest, neatest temptation is very effective.  Over 30 years later, I’m telling teens today do yourself a big favor Just Say NO.  This time the newest coolest temptation is online porn which is leading […]

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