Since 2008, public high schools in the State of Florida no longer have health education classes due to a change in the graduation requirements. Consequently, the Miami-Dade County School District does not offer health education classes, only physical education classes, in its high schools.
In instances where health mandates still exist nationwide, the curriculum is often outdated and lacking in innovative teaching techniques. The traditional health education model, implemented by adults, consists of scare tactics, boring lectures, outdated textbooks, cheesy videos and irrelevant material.
Some children receive health instruction in only one grade; others get a fragmented "crisis-driven" approach that focuses on only one problem, such as drug abuse or HIV infection.
Additionally, there is a disconnect between health education and health access. Too often, students do not know where to go to find health resources in their schools and in their communities.