Obscene Angst.

 

I’m 28 years old, and I can still be as whiny as a teenage girl who first discovered that tampons are so much better than pads. I still have outbursts of random tears and can feel a euphoria of hormones taking over my body, but now I know why.

It has finally been diagnosed that I have ADHD. I have been struggling with these symptoms for years often frustrating those around me, and pissing co-workers off, but I can’t help it. #Thestruggleisreal and oh so painful.

When you have ADHD you struggle to pay attention, and get distracted by the smallest things, but when you find something you love you become obsessed and focus all your energy into it and making it easy to run over your competition. I am one of those people that is relentless, driven and hates to fucking lose. I can be obsessive. I can be a total fucking nightmare to deal with. I’m a fucking nightmare to date because in the beginning I am so well behaved, interested, happy and after a few months, I’m just like fuck this! I’m bored, I mastered that, I need something new.

When I was in first grade, I couldn’t wait to learn how to write, and read. I love it and because of this, I did quite well in reading and writing. I was reading at like a senior in high school when I was in 6th grade, because it interested me. Then I got bored and was like eh, whatever, fuck this, school is lame, these people don’t know shit…helloooooo junior high! In 7th grade, we were required to do AR, aka this accelerated reader program. The books bored me, I was a bad girl and lied about how many pages I was reading. We were required to take quizzes on the books we read, and I would guess all the answers and of course FAIL! The books were fucking boring, the character were un relatable and I disliked reading. Then I discovered Phyllis Reynolds Naylor’s Alice series. I do not know how these books were placed on the shelves of a conservative school run by Mormons, but they were and I enjoyed them. The Alice series was edgy often talking about sex, but it wasn’t dirty, it was through the mind of a teenage girl, who relatable. Alice was spunky, she was insecure, she was funny, and she was discovering things that I was discovering. I actually read the fucking books and scored high on the stupid AR tests.

As an adult, I struggle to be “normal” because I don’t think like other people do. I never look at minor details, because I don’t really care about them. When it’s my turn to bat, I swing for a home run causing me to forget that you need some doubles in order to win the game. I only care about the big picture.

xoxoxoxox-Jaclyn

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America’s Corrupt Education System

Many students would rather be playing video games, participating in extracurricular activities or watching television than going to that dreadful place known as school. Why do we think this is? Well for starters in most states it is required for students to attend school up until the age of 16, at this tender age they can make the decision to not come back. It is often shoved down their throats by educators how important our education is, how it is the key to a successful adulthood, yet many successful entrepreneurs became college drop-outs. This is something our education system likes to keep discrete, because if students begin to figure out the system is biased they may not spend thousands of dollars to receive a fancy piece of paper with their name on it. 

For one thing all Americans were not created equally, those growing up in lower income neighborhoods do not receive the same education as those growing up in more affluent homes. The turn over rate for teachers in impoverished school districts is much higher than those of more upper middle class, and wealthy. This provides the wealthier with a more stable environment, imagine those students that frequently have substitute teachers, you think they are taught as well as those that do not? What about the text books, the equipment, the buildings, wealthier neighborhoods are able to obtain higher funding, granting them better computers, nicer buildings, desks, and supplies.

Educators always focus on test grades, can a student memorize a bunch of bullshit and circle a few bubbles in to get the correct answer. Just because a student can do this does not mean they have good teachers, nor does it display a sense of intelligence. I hate how everything revolves around numbers, and tests, lets teach students how to discuss what they are learning through conversations. Let them embrace their inner weirdo, and allow them to have more creative freedom for class assignments. Let the students choose the majority of their classes when they get into high school, economic classes should be provided to students, one in which gives them fake money, a fake job, and a fake salary, than a mortgage, phone bill, etc to show them how expensive the cost of living is especially when you are earning a low salary. Sex education should be in every public school across the country, it should provide students with FREE contraception, a look into how expensive it is to raise a child, and the risk of contracting an STD. I also believe better business classes should be offered, lets teach our kids how they can form their own businesses, social media classes should be offered, in today’s world so many people are having success because of social media. Nutrition classes should be provided, obesity is a growing epidemic in America, lets educate our youth on what is healthy, and unhealthy for their bodies. All in all I believe we need to make school more interactive, and teachers should want to educate not just go and collect a paycheck because their careers are extremely important to our youth.

 

Let’s Bring More Sex Into America’s Education System

In America the majority of public schools require students to attend class until the age of 16, this is when they are given the opportunity to drop out of high school. Those that earn their high school diploma spent nearly thirteen years getting “educated”, learning how to read, write, basic math, and may have participated in extracurricular activities such as sports. What our education system fails to do is educate our youth on vital subjects that need to be addressed. We do not teach our youth how to master a job interview, how to manage their money, how to think outside of the box, and challenge others. The biggest thing many public schools fail to provide its students is Sex Education. Let’s bring more sex into our public schools.

Parents wake up, and smell the coffee. Whether you like it or not your teenager is probably having sex, thinking about doing it, or beginning to experiment with sexual activities. I know you are dreading the moment where you are forced to discuss the topic that is still considered taboo among many Americans, but the truth is it is very important to your child’s well being. Sex is healthy, sex is normal, and its fun. Which is why your teenager is thinking about doing it or already has done it. 

I strongly believe that ALL public schools in the United States should require students to take, and pass a Sex Education course beginning in the eighth grade. I believe they should be required to take one every single year until they graduate high school. These courses should educate students on: different contraceptive methods, economics, and the cost of raising a child, sexually transmitted diseases, and how to raise a child with a learning disability. You make not feel like the last one has anything to do with Sex Education, however I feel like people do not think about these things. Raising a handicapped child, or one with a disability is tough, they need extra love, and care. If a couple is financially struggling, that child could suffer twice as much.

When I was in eight grade, the class was required to participate in a program called T.A.S.K., I honestly cannot even fathom what it stood for. I clearly remember a young girl lecturing us about how sex is a gift, and you should share it with someone you truly love, your husband/wife. All they did was shove the idea that sex should wait until marriage down our throats. There was a significant amount of students already having sex, they sat in the back of the classroom rolling their eyes. It was lame, than again the city I lived in was ran by Mormons. I do not have anything against the Mormon community, however I think many of them are in lala land, and do not comprehend the idea that most of us do not want to be married by the age of 18, have six children, and smile like we are in a tooth paste commercial all day long. 

Here is a quote from a CBS News Article

“STIs take a big health and economic toll on men and women in the United States, especially our youth,” CDC epidemiologist Dr. Catherine Lindsey Satterwhite, who led one of the studies, told NBC News”

In Massachusetts, there is a school district trying to get a stronger sex education program into its schools, both inside and outside of their education system. They have a high teen pregnancy, therefore they believe strengthening their sex education will help to decrease this issue.

In conclusion, teenagers are going to have sex whether their parents approve of it or not. Why not educate our youth on proper contraceptive methods, the difficulties of being a parent, and the cost! 

Here are links to the articles 

http://www.wamc.org/post/berkshire-county-school-district-seeks-strengthen-sex-ed-programs

http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-204_162-57569429/cdc-110-million-stds-among-u.s-men-and-women/

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