Student Teachings of the Dangers of Drugs, Violence, Lifestyle Choices, Death and Alternatives
Is Using Whitney Houston's Death Going to Far?
Where do you draw the line when trying to teach or influence a students lifestyle choices when it comes to the danger of drugs, alcohol (for those of you that think there’s a difference), violence, friends and careers? Is using Whitney Houston’s death going to far? Are we curtailing our teachers curriculum at the expense of our own children and where does it end?
I was inspired for this hub after reading a question posted by Peggy W, about teachers using Whitney Houston’s death to teach about the danger of drugs.
Having grown up being given the drug choices, living the destructive consequences ensued and then having worked on a chemical dependency unit, I thought I’d give you some food for thought. Yes, without a doubt times have changed along with some of the drugs and lifestyles, but I assure you the choices remain the same.
How Much Leeway Do They Get and Is It Enough to Do the Job
Back in Feb 2010 a school in R.I. fired all (that's right ALL) the teachers at the school claiming is was due to sub performance. Although others claimed it was due to union issues the fact remained that at the end of the year they were all history.
Most teachers are underpaid, overworked and ridiculed in reference to almost everything they do and teach, unless it is a part of the designated "curriculum". But what exactly does that curriculum entail? Will it give students the answers they need when given those choices that will influence the rest of their lives, or is it all about math, science, and did you use the right punctuation. Granted these lessons are needed to move on but what about the ones that influence morals, character, self esteem, the art of giving, are they now on the back burner because of performance levels? If so how in the hell did we let that happen. Sorry but when I see a teacher draw back away from a student who wants nothing more than a hug because they are afraid of repercussions I just want to scream.
Reality is our teachers spend more time with our kids than basically anyone else in their lives, other than maybe a few friends. Shouldn't they be allowed to give them an idea of what it's like once they've entered the "real world" and gone to work for corporate America, or become that famous actor, singer, CEO, and the real world scenarios that will bring. What about the learning how to deal with the incredible depths of emotion they will entail when it doesn't happen. The disappointments, deaths of those that have chosen the wrong path, the anger associated with someone else getting the job even though it was for the wrong reasons, trust and the loss of it, etc. Who teaches them how to deal with all of these opposed to suppressing them all with the booze, drugs, and violence
Growing Up Wanting It All Like Whitney??
Growing up all of us want an idol, mentor if you will, but shouldn't students be made aware of the prices that some pay to live as "the stars" do. Granted if you look at the first picture Whitney looks like she has it all and is happy with it, but what's the reality behind it all. Yes there was all the battles with Bobby, rehab, getting busted trying to sneak a little marijuana onto the plane at the airport, but was it all worth the fame and fortune, or was the travesty of it all to much to bare.
The LA County coroner ruled Whitney's death as accidental drowning, but wait they added that cocaine use and heart disease were also contributing factors. Oh, there's a little more they also found Xanax, Flexeril, marijuana and Benadryl in her system. Please don't tell me they shouldn't know the truth. Not to desecrate her image but to let them know what in reality she must have been going through and the price that some pay in the end.
Are there others who make it to the top and are happy without mind altering substances, violence, etc.? Sure, so why not let them know the differences and how they can do it the right way, along with getting and staying there a little easier road to travel.
To the teacher using Whitney's death to teach the dangers of drugs, I say go for it and if you just help save one, then it was a lesson you taught very well.
Maybe, just maybe, teachers should be able to teach students that fame and fortune is not what they really want at all and living a full, happy, and inspiring life can all be done by teaching and not just math, English, and history.