What Eight Year Olds are Being Taught in School

Jump to Last Post 1-3 of 3 discussions (7 posts)
  1. Shawn May Scott profile image61
    Shawn May Scottposted 6 years ago

    The other day I was in the grocery store and I over heard a conversation behind me (I was not trying to listen). The ladies were talking about how their eight year old children had been taught about drugs and alcohol in health class. The complaint was that the children were brow beatten with fear and the teacher had told them that one sip would get you hooked and you would be an addict. Most eight year olds I know do not know the meaning of the word addict. So what lesson are these children learning? Is teaching with fear acceptable? I thought we were educating our children these days not frightening them.

    1. Diane Inside profile image78
      Diane Insideposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      What grade is 8yr olds  about third grade? I remember being showed marijuana and even getting to smell what it smelled like being burned in the third grade.  It was something that my mother had to sign permission for me to particiapate in this class.  But it has been going on for years, I am now 41 so that was in about 1978.   And the fear thing worked for me. lol  But I understand where your coming from.  I Just believe that the schools should be required to have parents permission to teach anything that is outside the scope of academics.

      1. Shawn May Scott profile image61
        Shawn May Scottposted 6 years agoin reply to this

        My shock comes from the fear being instilled. Yes back when we were in school they used that tactic to teach. I was under the impression that we had developed somewhat and could teach our children with respect and give them a healthy repsect for appropriate behaviour with regards to substances. I was never taught in school about drugs and alcohol we had a community police officer come in and discuss it with us once, but it was not part of the curriculum.

  2. profile image70
    win-winresourcesposted 6 years ago

    Hello Shawn-

    Eight years old (probably second grade) is not too young to be taught about things that pose significant hazzards.  I'm sure you taught you children about crossing streets, steering clear of strangers, swimming only where life guards are on duty and the like.

    Sadly, drugs and alcohol (which is also a drug) are all too available to just about anyone, regardless of age  do have a place to be taught in schools.

    Since you only have an overheard second hand story, I would recommend going to the school to personally witness the curriculum.  While teaching with fear is not a particularly good approach (and I really wonder if that was the case), alerting children to the true dangers seriousness of such behavior is legitimate.

    -DW

    1. Shawn May Scott profile image61
      Shawn May Scottposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      This is third grade. I also know the teacher already and her style of teaching (we live in a smaller community). The comments about the teacher were fair. And yes sadly we do need to teach our children about hazards. That is not my issue. My issue is the method of delivery. I do not believe in fear teaching as I am an individual who worked with children for 30+ years.

  3. Melis Ann profile image92
    Melis Annposted 6 years ago

    I have children this age and I think if fear is the reality, then it should be used to teach. Unfortunately, kids' experiences with drugs have begun at younger ages. So young that they have no idea to be afraid of what they are being offered. When they know what can actually happen to them, they can make the decisions for themselves without even thinking.

    1. Shawn May Scott profile image61
      Shawn May Scottposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      I think I need to clear up some information for you. I am not just talking about the stupid idiot that huffs we are including drugs given by the Doctor or Mom and Dad and the fact that alcohol is legal. After talking to the Principle of the school today we are in agreement that fear is not the way to teach a child. Respect and knowledge given with dignity is the avenue. Give the child knowledge and they will make the right choice. To be honest with you I would hate to see you terrify your children about any given subject. That is parenting and teaching by control and not anything that should be delivered to children. sad

 
working

This website uses cookies

As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

Show Details
Necessary
HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
Features
Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
Marketing
Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
Statistics
Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)