ABOUT THE PODCAST
Because of the discrepancies between useful, real-world knowledge and what was being taught in health classes both across the nation and in my own town, I wanted to explore ways that I could combat the misinformation that is being perpetuated by many states. I chose a podcast because I find them to be the easiest way to digest short bursts of educational information, and it is an easy way to fill the silence while driving or getting ready in the morning. I hope to craft a clear critique of the way that the national government, as well as individual school districts, choose to treat health class. Additionally, I hope to provide education and resources that detail the kind of curriculum I, and many others, deserve to see in classrooms nationwide. Each episode focuses on one aspect of health curriculums and critiques the way in which it is approached by the national standards from the perspective of a student. I think the key aspect of this podcast that sets it apart from others is the fact that it comes from a person who is directly experiencing this curriculum, and seeing its adverse effects. As a student, it is important to fight for your right to curriculum that is actually applicable to your own life, and that is properly adjusted to the needs of the modern era, in order to be prepared for your future.
I hope that Education from an Equal becomes a jumping off place, one that inspires students to further their knowledge and education outside the scope of what I discuss and critique, so they can form their own ideas surrounding the kind of information they believe should be taught. Everyone deserves a comprehensive and inclusive education, no matter where they live or what their school board deems appropriate.
Listen to the introductory episode for more information regarding the podcast!
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ABOUT THE CREATOR
I am a junior at Lakeridge High School in Lake Oswego, Oregon. In Oregon, the health education is relatively comprehensive when compared with that of other states. As I sat in health class my sophomore year, however, I knew that this information was not the extent of what should be being taught. Immediately I knew that feeding teens this incomplete information was not only ridiculous, but also dangerous. Not only is the sex education lacking, but the education in all aspects of health is as well. The issue of drugs and alcohol are approached in a manner that is not helpful or appealing to teens, and the issue of eating and nutrition encourages body standards and expectations that may not be universal. Health should prepare students for life, but what schools often do is shelter students from the real world, or expose them in a way that the school board deems “beneficial” or “appropriate,” despite the fact that it may harm students in the long run. I am immensely intrigued by the way that public policy is intertwined with curriculum and how the two affect the future of our nation: teens.
Aside from this podcast, I am super passionate about Speech and Debate, and I have been competing since my freshman year. I also love calligraphy, decorating my planner, and reading books! My favorite classes at school are U.S. History and French.
In the future, I hope to have a career in something related to public policy or public service. As I have gotten older, I have realized that change on a massive scale requires the support of legislatures at all levels, and I am so thankful for the aid I have gotten in my own activism endeavors from local and national legislators. One day, I would love to be that person in order to help another teen in the same situation that I was, fighting to make change. I believe that it is crucial for those in power to support the youth, as they truly are the future of our nation.
Feel free to contact me with questions regarding my life or if you are considering working to change the health curriculum at your own school!