Wednesday, October 24, 2012
My Student Body: Failure of Health Education. From the UMass Daily Collegian.
Alcohol. Drugs. Sex.
Push play and repeat.
The United States educational system has been fighting an ambitious war against these “evils” for years, hoping to warn the youth of our country of their devastating effects.
The University of Massachusetts, along with other major colleges such as Wake Forest and Louisiana State, uses the website, “My Student Body” to inform students further of such high-risk behavior.
Incoming freshmen are required to take an online health course that the site offers or else, as an email from University Health Services states, “you won’t be able to register for Spring classes.”
There is no arguing the benefits to preventative action in the case of alcohol, drugs and sex, but you can really only bring a horse to water.
The real beverage our generation wants, they drink.
One segment of the online health course asks students to enter a statistic for what they believe to be the percentage of peers that partake in drinking, drug use and sex. It then goes on to report that the number guessed is much higher than what is actually the case.
Are we all so cynical that we think the number of teens drinking and having sex is catastrophically higher than it actually is? Unlikely.
It happens in several high schools or facilities of underage kids: Students are handed an anonymous survey, in which they fill out how often they have used a specific substance.
What does a large portion of America’s paranoid youth do on these surveys?