Health Education

posted 3 months ago in Intimacy
Post # 2
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2015 - St Peter\'s Church, East Maitland, and Bella Vista, Newcastle

Because it’s about control.  Controlling what women do with their bodies and lives, and for whatever stupid reason someone decided that shaming and scaring girls was the best way to do that.

Post # 3
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Honey bee

Wow!  I graduated in 1999 and was not taught any of that.  I’m going to assume this is #regional.

Post # 4
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Bumble bee

Yeah IDK where you went to school but I graduated high school in 2007 and was definitely not told any of that.

Your health teacher likely didn’t set the curriculum though, and it was kind of odd for you to accost her after not seeing her for a decade. I’d have peaced out too her if I were her. 

Post # 5
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Bee Keeper

Wow.  You were kind of a dick to that individual.  You really accosted a former teacher while they are out living their private life over a curriculum they likely had zero control over?

Also, do you really have zero awareness that there are large areas of the country where “abstinence-only” sex education is a “thing” (a backwards and counter-productive thing but a thing nonetheless)?  Countless news stories have been done and articles and academic studies have been written on the subject for years.  And apparently you lived in a district and/or state that believed that.  If you have an issue with it then support organizations that educate youth about sexual health options and write letters to your state’s board of education and school district administrators…don’t interrogate your underpaid teacher from a decade ago just trying to make a living and live their life.

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2021

There are huge swaths of really conservative people in the US (if that’s where you are). They push for these backward lessons because they either genuinely believe them or want to push their agenda. Usually lessons like that are set by the school district not the individual teachers

Post # 7
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2017 - City, State

Quite weird that you would run into her randomly on the street and hurl all of that stuff at her. I’d just walk away, too. What did you expect her to do in that scenario? She’s just out living her life.

As PP said, she didn’t make the curriculum, she was told what she needed to teach. Teachers don’t get to decide what they teach students. And I graduated from high school before you and we were never taught any of that, so those lessons were very much a product of where you lived. I think those lessons are bad, but I mean, what’s your former teacher supposed to do about the curriculum that was set a decade ago?

Post # 8
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2016

Did you go to a religious school?

I was not taught any of those things and I graduated school in 2001 (public school). My husband went to a Catholic school and was only taught abstinence-only sex-ed. 

Post # 9
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Helper bee

That poor teacher! She likely has zero choice in the curriculum as others have mentioned , and I find it so inappropriate that you went up to her after all this time to call her out on it. I don’t agree with what you were taught either, but that doesn’t make it right to call her out , out of nowhere over it. Not sure what else you were expecting from this post, a lot of areas DO empower their students with better information but it’s a very regional thing. 

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2016 - Tennessee

Graduated in 99 and I was also never taught any of that.  

Post # 11
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Honey bee

But I agree that I would have walked away from you as well.  Ha.  

Post # 13
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

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@lauralaura123:  No, teachers don’t have a lot of control over curriculum – just day-to-day lesson planning (source – sister, parents are teachers).

Particulary for sex ed – that’s usually determined by the state or school board. 

Post # 14
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Bumble bee

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@peachybee88:  The teacher was still complicit. She had a choice to teach another subject or to refuse to lie to impressionable children. Morever, while many states had abstinence-only education requirements, few required such damaging, unscientific, and religion-laced falsehoods as “[people] are ‘soiled’ if they have sex”. Good for her for finally confronting the teacher.

Post # 15
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 2019 - Canada

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@lauralaura123:  If she brought up health class, I think it’s fine that you responded the way you did! Unless you went through that whole list of incorrect lessons without her prompting. However no, I don’t think teachers have much say in the curriculum. 

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