Really, I do. Luckily today I had a few minutes' warning from the teacher with whom I share my room. Fire drills, tornado drills, earthquake drills...all drills are awful. The loud noises, students who get a little panicky or start cursing, standing outside in the cold...ick. However, the worst part is when you get back to class. The rest of the period is pretty much wasted. Kids have a hard time settling down, even several periods after the fact. I guess we'll see how the rest of the day goes.
Yesterday we had assemblies at the end of school, which meant shortened schedules and a change to kids' normal routine (see above for how much we all enjoy that). I was assigned to monitor the freshmen assembly about AIDS. Keep in mind through all of this that these kids are 14-15 years old. (I will try to keep the rest of the entry PG, but it's tricky, given the subject matter and the presentation.) I don't have a problem with people telling kids how HIV is spread and how it is not spread. I don't have a problem with people telling kids to be emotionally responsible in their relationships and interactions. I do, however, take issue with demonstrating on a microphone to FRESHMEN how to use prophylactics. I also take issue with only 3-4 minutes spent on the definition, not advocacy, of abstinence; the segment centered on what abstinence was not. I take issue with abortion as the only method mentioned of how to break the cycle of teen pregnancy and poverty.
Yeah, I was mad after I left school yesterday. I thought about what would have happened if a presentation like that had occurred when I was a freshman at Cedar High. The parents would have been absolutely up in arms. Somebody in the administration probably would have been fired. When I was 14, I wouldn't have had a clue about most of what they were talking about. I had barely figured out the theory of the mechanics of it all. Some might argue that I would have benefited from this kind of presentation, given my naivete, but that's what my parents were there for. In this assembly there was no mention of marriage or really even committed relationships, but lots of talk about the need for latex every time you have a fling. I just wanted to hear that it's OK to wait and that it's OK to be committed. I need to stop being surprised at how bad it is out there for teenagers.
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