Teaching Students How To Be Healthy

Teaching our children how to enjoy healthy lifestyles, both in the positive sense of doing things like eating right and in the negative of avoiding hazards such as tobacco and illicit drugs, ought to be a priority in public schools.

But Ohio is the only state that has no health education content standards for use by public schools, according to The Columbus Dispatch.

Local control over schools is one thing, but leaving hundreds of districts on their own in teaching health classes is another. It makes no sense.

A legislator, state Rep. Beth Liston, D-Dublin, is sponsoring a bill (HB 165) that would require the Ohio Board of Education to develop health education standards for schools throughout the state.

One objection some may have to that is … sex. Many Ohioans don’t like the idea of schools dealing with that very private matter. But surely some compromises and/or safeguards on local control can be built into the proposed standards. Just because we don’t want our children to be taught about birth control is no reason for them not to learn about preventing obesity, after all.


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