Diabetes education in school – by Helen Whitehouse
For example; a few months ago, before the summer holidays, we had to do a bit of cookery coursework. So I’m sat there with a very chunky cookery criteria book, looking through it as you do, when I come across some proposed “exam ideas”. I.e “prepare dishes suitable for diabetics- must be low in sugar, low in fat”.
Really?! I assumed that dishes low in sugar and fat would be part of a healthy diet, something which the majority of the population probably should follow? Lets be realistic however – we all have those days of eating a slight amount of junk food, its human nature. Simply because we are diabetic, does not mean we cannot consume sugar, or sugary items.
Its not the 1950s, things have moved on. But then, I come to think that this is what is wrong with the education system. A good amount of my friends assumed I had first got diabetes because “I had eaten too many sweets”, simply because of naivity. I have to say, as a youth of eight or nine, I would have probably assumed the same thing before my diagnosis.
This proves my point further. Why are we not taught about something that really is part of modern life more than we are?! Something which really brings my point home is that when doing a lesson about diabetes in science last year, my teacher literally got me to explain it simply because he had no idea. This is in a year ten science lesson – a GCSE science lesson… Why do people not know basic facts?
It seems to me that in a modern time in which we have whole timetabled lessons dedicated to social standard and citizenship, we should also be learning things that will one day affect us either directly or indirectly. Do you agree?