Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Teen Talk


This week we have a Non-Profit come into the high school and discuss STDs, and birth control, etc. On a Global Awareness level, it is useful to prevent many health problems. The World Health Organization, WHO, says this is what countries need--more education to bring down AIDs and other STDs from being transmitted. In this country, we are obviously spoiled; and our kids should be discussing this with their parents. There are so many students who opt-out, based on religious reasons, etc. I can't help but think why this is done in mixed company. (and I've heard all the arguments why/why not.) I think it's best to hear from the kids and their parents. Describe what you think of this service, and the time it takes from our World Studies Classes.

23 comments:

  1. I think it's great that our country offer organizations like WHO. It educates kids on topics they need to know about and can prevent kids on getting STDs or becoming pregnant. I think that even though it is taking away time from our world studies class we can still learn about the world. It helps us understand about STDs in other countries and why they're getting this disease. And also we are still doing homework and getting chapter notes done.

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  2. I feel that this service is good thing that the county offers. It is really important to know about some of these diseases that happen all around the world. Wee are thankful to learn and understand how people can prevent some of these things from happening. It may not be the right class to do this service in because it does not really make sense to put it in because it should be in a class like science where people actually learn about these things and the human body. But, even though we are learning about this in world studies, it is still a good thing to know about. Many young teens may have some questions about their body and may not be able to talk to their parents or even feel comfortable, so it is really a good thing that teens can have an adult to talk to.

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  3. I thought the service was good and a great privilege since most students around the world don't have the opportunity to learn about STDs and birth control. It teaches students how to use protection so they don't get an STD and pregnant/getting someone pregnant. I think if this was taught all around the world, there would be a lot less cases of HIV and AIDS, especially because most of these diseases come from Africa where there is no protection and little people are taught about STDs and pregnancy. I think it was a good break from our world studies class, but we still did notes at home so we were still learning about world studies.

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  4. I think it's great and really important to educate young teenagers about this topic. The oppurtunity to learn how to better your health isn't available to kids all around the world. I feel we are very fortunate to have this program for more than just one year. In our district, I had a similar program to WHO in 5th, 7th/8th, and 9th grade. Although I'm not sure why this program was incorporated in our world studies class when health is more related to science and human biology, I strongly believe that it was worth the time. Studies have proven that the United States had a lower rate of HIV in a span of five years compared to India because the United States had been educating people through these programs similar to teen talk. All in all, I think its great that the United States emphasizes the importance of these programs.

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  5. Im glad that this service is available for us, it helps us learn about the dangers of being sexually active, and tells us how we can protect ourselves from having stds or becoming a teen parent. It lets us ask serious questions that we have and are to scared, or embarrassed to ask our parents about. I think that Teen Talk should've been in P.E. or a seperate period that is at least a semester long, because i know that there is so much more facts about sex than a 2 week, 50 minute program can tell us.

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  6. We think that Teen Talk was a very informative class, and we got a lot out of it. We are grateful that we have this class here in the United States because people in other countries like Africa don't have this opportunity to learn this vital information. It is good to hear people's opinions, and what they think about the topics. Perryn was a very good teacher who answered all of my questions, and informed us about the things that we needed to know.

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  7. Maddie, sean, lauren, Eric 5February 8, 2010 at 1:06 PM

    I think this service is good, because it is important for students to know about STD's, Pregnancy and birth control However, I do not think that it was a good idea to take a week away from world studies, as it is a core class and is mandatory. I think it would of been a better idea to teach this program in an elective class like spanish or P.E.

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  8. Alaysia,Chris,Jeff & Priscilla 5February 8, 2010 at 1:10 PM

    We think that teen talk is very important because it helps everyone learn more about the disease we already know about an the diseases that are yet to come, and we don't know about.We are very grateful that we had this class and that we got to know more about what can happen after we have sex.I thought that Perryn was a very good teacher because she always went into details abut everything we where confused about and everything that we think we know! We are just very thankful that we have these kind of classes here in the United States!

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  9. Paige5, Eric5,Brianna5,Kristine5,Ricardo5 continued...(Japan-A Giant in Four Small islands)February 8, 2010 at 1:13 PM

    I think that this service is very informational to kids all over the world. It makes them aware of how to prevent themselves from diseases. It also explains to kids that they should not make such a quick decision on whether or not to have sex. The service lets kids express themselves and their opinions on sex. It helps them make the right choices in life. It can also prevent future pregnancies for young future moms by talking about the subject so that girls know when to to say "stop". This service takes a lot of time out of World Studies Classes, but it helps us get the information we need, so we don't ruin our futures with one stupid mistake.

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  10. I think that teen talk week was awesome. I think what that organization is doing is great. It helps kids know about the risks that come with having sex. Knowing this information is very important because it can put your and someone else's life at risk. I think that the movies and hand one activities helped me understand more about what happens in the human body when it come to the reproductive system. I think that teen talk should have happened in another class besides core classes like P.E or spanish. I hope that the organization will continue to teach young children about sex and the bad things that come with it.

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  11. I think that it was good to have Teen Talk for the past couple of weeks. We are very fortunate to be able to learn about this stuff like STDs, pregnancy, and birth control because not many other people get to know this information that we were taught. I took a health class in fifth grade, and in middle school, but during Teen Talk I learned a lot of new things. If more people around the world learned about how to protect yourself and prevent pregnancy, the STD rates would decline in other countries just like it has in the United States. I was still working on World Studies at home through my notes, but I think that it would be a better class for biology because it relates to the human body. Overall, I think that Teen Talk was a good class, and also important.

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  12. It is important that students learn about STDs and HIV in high school. If they do not, they are more likely to get it. If they do not talk to their parents about it, they are more likely to get it. Some people get married while they are in high school. Some people choose to have unprotected sex. It was good to get an idea of what sex was like with condoms. Learning about these things in high school is especially useful for those who already learned about them in middle school. I learned some things this year that I either did not learn last year, or I forgot.

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  13. We think that teen talk is a good idea to teach in highschool because many kids and teens that need to know what is out there. Most teens aren't aware of what is going on with STD's and also pregnancy. They haven't realized how easy it is to get and STD or to get pregnant. Teen talk taught us a lot and taught us to be more careful. We think that maybe it shouldn't be taught in history though because this is more of a science topic. If you learn it in science we think that the teacher will know more about the topics and they can probably engage more on the topic.

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  14. Well i thought teen talk was very good. Its important for teens in high school to learn about sex,STDs,and,pregnancy,because teens like to think it cant happen to them but it can happen to anyone. Also most teens in high school don't use protection which is why teen pregnancy rate is growing. I learned some things i did not know but most i did some never would have learned any of the things teen talk taught us some of us were taught this in middle school. Teen Talk was okay but i think we should have learned in another class not world studies.

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  15. I think myself and my fellow students are very lucky to be getting this kind of education. It's extremely important to know about diseases from sex, such as STDs and HIV and knowing how to prevent them. At this age, kids are becoming sexually active and messing around, and if they do this, they should know how to do it safe, as well as having an enjoyable time. I wish we could have this program in other countries, so we could prevent people from dying from these diseases.

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  16. Conner5, Sydney5, Kevin5, Garrett5, Andres5February 11, 2010 at 12:51 PM

    Teen Talk, and other non-profit organizations like it, help kids that may not know the dangers of unprotected sex. It teaches them about STDs and pregnancies. The World Health Organization promotes these groups to help raise awareness of these diseases and consequences of not knowing the risks of doing certain things. I, along with many of my other classmates, enjoying Teen Talk because it taught us how to be protected when having sex in a fun, easy-to-learn way.

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  17. I believe that Teen talk and all other educations that teach teens about STDs, pregnancy, etc. are good for the education of any teen. Even those who already know this stuff need a helpful reminder about this kind of thing. It is especially helpful at eliminating all the false information on what will and will not get someone pregnant. All though I like history as much as the next, if not more, I believe it was worth taking up two weeks of our time in World Studies to learn about the importance of a teenagers life that our parents may not feel comfortable sharing with us.

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  18. I think that its really good that our government lets us have people come teach us Teen Talk because its important that we know about diseases that we can get from other people and how we can protect ourselves from that.

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  19. I believe that this experience of having teen talk for two weeks has made me realize that that sex can lead to serious diseases which we may not be aware of but now I am so scared now because I didn't even know that sex can cause a life and that scares me so much I don't to have sex until I'm ready! I believe that this Teen Talk session should have been taught in P.E. class because we had lost our world studies time and P.E. can relate to learning about what our body can do because we want to take that out of physical education time anyways because of our bodies:)

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  20. I think it is a great idea what they are doing to take time out of class to do Teen Talk and programs like WHO. I enjoyed hearing about what could happen to me, because it made me more aware of myself and what could have happened to me. I wish it was a little bit longer though so I could hear more information about what could happen and to go into more detail.

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  21. I think this lesson for the two weeks it took was a very useful and informational experience. Even though it took away form World studies and what we were learning it is a very important topic to understand and we all need to know what will happen if we contract and STD. We all say that it will never happen to us but we need to be informed and also prepared if this ever did happen to us.

    http://www.cdc.gov/STD/

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  22. The program is purely educational and taken very seriously to the people that work there. Even though most of the kids have had sex education before, we still learned more. But now that we're in high school we need a reminder of all the things to watch out for and think about when it comes to sexual activity. The WHO also talked more specificly about HIV and AIDS which was helpful as well.

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  23. I think it is good that people come around to schools and educate kids about their sex life.It teaches them the danger of std's. It is critical for High school students are aware of the dangers that can come to them. If more people get tested then their is a less chance of them getting anything. It never occurs to students that every sexual activity's can result in a bad way. The teen talk helped me learn more about the human body and it will continue to help others.

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