Michigan's health education...

Michigan's health education content system for elementary school is in desperate need of restructuring. The current system that is in place is hopelessly outdated and doesn't teach students about current issues and how to avoid them that are happening presently. The system that is being taught to students at the moment right now was devised in 2006 and focuses on nutrition and physical activity, alcohol, tobacco and other drugs, safety, social & emotional health and personal & wellness health. While these core strands tackle core issues that students will face, its failure to be in touch with current trends is its primary failure. Within drugs, vaping is nowhere to be found in the curriculum. One of the reasons students are so attracted to vaping is that our health curriculum fails to talk about the side effects of vaping, leaving students to believe that it's safe to do so. Mental health issues that have gained traction over the last few years are also nowhere to be found. While physical health is important, teaching students how important mental health is at a young age can solve many issues that are plaguing students. In my opinion, I believe that the Michigan Department of Education should be held to a stricter standard and be required to update the curriculum every 5 years to better reflect and teach students about issues that are plaguing students.

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