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Preventing Pregnancy and STDs

TimeJan. 07, 2013

from:Bidell, Barbara


For the next three weeks, students will be learning about preventing pregnancy and STDs.  Teen pregnancy continues to be a big problem in the United States and around the world. Likewise, AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases are a huge public health concern that can be prevented with education. We will be talking about various methods of contraception and the risk of contraception failure. Included in this unit, students will be learning about the serious responsibilities of parenting.

One of the exercises that students will be participating in is a lesson that will serve as both a reason for staving off the responsibility of parenthood until maturity and furthering their understanding of what it takes to be a responsible parent.

The week of January 22, students will be taking home make-shift babies that they will have created in class out of a five-pound bag of flour. Students will be carrying these "children" everywhere they go, much like a parent would have to. They will be constantly responsible for their child.  Students will be taught how to care for the child and will be expected to feed their child throughout the day and at least once during each night. Students will have to set their alarm, e-mail me when they get up to feed their baby, go through the action of feeding the baby for 20 minutes. When finshed, they will again e-mail me to let me know about their experience. I do need parents to be on-board with this exercise since this will surely impact the family. Of course, that is the point. I have chosen the short week so students will only be minimally impacted, nonetheless, they should be talking about the experience as one they do not want to repeat anytime in the near future.

As usual, if you have any questions or concerns regarding this exercise, the curriculum, or any other issue related to Health class, please feel free to drop me a line at bidellb@nhalv.org.