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Elements of Mental Health That Need Exploration in Public Schools

Written By: Anton Sawyer

Warning: This article is going to delve deep into many unpleasant topics. These will include, but not be limited to: sexual assault, grooming behaviors, racism, psychological manipulation—in regards to both sex and religion. If you find any of these topics offensive, please look elsewhere.

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Though it seems that I am trying to be coy or vague with the title, the original one of “Why Both Sexual Education and ‘Mein Kampf’ Should Be Taught In Public Schools” seemed to upset the algorithms a bit too much. With the original headline, it may seem at the time I was trying to throw shocking combinations of words out in an attempt to outrage and say “look at me." But long-time readers know better. I will always try and see perspectives from different angles and find how they can apply to real life. With that said, I’m sure I've already weeded out those who want to be emotionally satisfied with their comment that this writing is either part of a “cult” or some form of “radicalism”—to be honest, I wish the information I'm presenting here today were that simple. Right now the upcoming generations of Z and Alpha are in a situation unlike any other. Their world, their biology, their ability to perceive fantasy versus reality is going to be different than any other generation before them. Today I am going to look at the science of what lies ahead for the future of America, and what can be done to help curb as much damage as possible from happening. Whether it’s removing the dangerously quaint notion of “abstinence-only” sex education in public schools, or delving deep into the ways young people can protect themselves from mental and emotional manipulation en masse, I think it’s time to understand the world isn’t as simple as we’d like to believe.

It was a revelation that was brought forth recently by Fox News Host Brian Kilmeade that brought all of this about. He had said that he was required to read “Mein Kampf” by Adolf Hitler while in school as a youth. Though he was wrong about it being a part of his required curriculum, I don’t doubt that he read it. This thought also seemed to be the popular one on the internet universally. The responses ranged from “I knew it! All Fox News hosts are Nazis!” to being outrighted mocked for wanting to even touch such a published work. It was the latter response that had me the most surprised. But the more I thought about it, the more it made sense—many people can look at the same source materials and derive a completely different meaning from them. I read “Mein Kampf” willingly as a teenager, and found it to be incredibly enlightening when it came to understanding religion used as a weapon to get a lot of people to do a lot of horrible things. Here, let me give you an example. I’m going to give you two different quotes. Read them both and DO NOT GOOGLE the answers, afterwards I'll give you some choices.

“Even today I am not ashamed to say that, overpowered by stormy enthusiasm, I fell down on my knees and thanked Heaven from an overflowing heart for granting me the good fortune of being permitted to live at this time.”

“We are never defeated unless we give up on God.”

One of those quotes was said by Adolf Hitler in “Mein Kampf,” the other was said by former United States President Ronald Reagan. Can you immediately tell which is which?

That’s what I took from Hitler’s tome. If you read it and were to remove the talk of race purification and other human atrocities, there is always an overlying tone that the reasons these horrible things need to happen are because of divine faith. If you were to remove all of the bits of insanity and bigotry, the book itself isn’t that much different than listening to a sermon by almost every Evangelical Preacher in America. Yet, because of different eyes on the same pages, you can get vastly differing viewpoints. This is why it’s imperative that we expose the youth to the most horrific of ideas and explain why they are so terrible in realistic terms, so they don’t distort it with a potentially depressed worldview and then commit some act of violence. I know there are going to be many that point to this ideal as an “over-the-top radical foil hat.”

Keep in mind that in late 2015, Germany's education minister Johanna Wanka supported a nationwide use of Adolf Hitler's "Mein Kampf" in the classroom, the German newspaper Passauer Neue Presse reported. A German teachers union said an annotated edition of "Mein Kampf" should be taught in senior high school to help "inoculate" teenagers against political extremism. Germany, as a nation, has been doing everything it can to prevent the thought of equating Germany with Nazism since the end of World War II. From changing historical perspectives, removing any remnant of the Third Reich, etc. For them to come out and say that there is a need for using the book that caused devastation to their people’s entire way of life as a preventative measure, then it’s something truly worth looking at.

It’s also this idea of wanting to get ahead of a problem that leads me to want to teach scientifically-based medical, and psychological, sexual education throughout all public schools.

First off, let me dispatch with the ignorant reasons why people are against this.

You cannot protect your children, they probably know more than you at this point. A Guard Child report (a website that compiles Child Internet Crime and Abuse Statistics from Pew Research, the National Crime Prevention Center, and Crimes Against Children Research Center, among many others), found that 90% of children ages 8-16 have seen online pornography.

“Abstinence Only” curriculum is a complete failure. A 2017 article by the Journal of Adolescent Health (JAH) shows that abstinence-only sex education has backfired immensely. Between 2002 and 2014, the percentage of schools in the US that require students to learn about human sexuality fell from 67% to 48%, and requirements for HIV prevention declined from 64% to 41%. While proponents for “Abstinence-Only-Until-Marriage” programs suggest that sexual activity outside of marriage is likely to have harmful psychological and physical effects. The risks associated with adolescent sexual activity are influenced by the policy context. In countries where adolescents have access to contraceptive education and counseling and medical care, adolescent pregnancy rates are much lower than in the United States. If you think this is somehow hyperbolic, then know the phrase “stay moral, go oral,” is a thing.

Outside of the clear physical health needs that sex ed addresses, there needs to be a whole lot more done when it comes to the psychological makeup of teens and preparing them for what they can experience. By this I mean we need to teach youngsters about what grooming is, what grooming habits are, and how to protect from such things. Also, there needs to be a thorough discussion about psychological manipulation tactics. One idea is to have the book “The Mystery Method (How To Get Beautiful Women Into Bed)” be used as a textbook. If used correctly, it could teach millions of young people how to spot gaslighting, deception, and some of the signs that can lead to a sexual assault. Maybe, if this kind of curriculum had been around in 2008, Amanda Todd may not have committed suicide. To recap with broad-strokes, Todd moved to a new town in 7th grade. She met a creep online who groomed her and convinced her to send him topless pictures. She did eventually. He then told her that he was going to release them on the internet if she didn’t perform a “show” for him. Being a scared teenager, she gave in to this blackmail. He decided to leak her photos anyways. Todd eventually had to move schools again due to the constant bullying and harassment the pictures caused. This became too much and she tried to kill herself by drinking bleach. Her life was saved with a stomach pump at that time. She experienced the same recourse at the new school she attended when the man leaked her pictures once more. She lost her life to suicide by hanging … she was only 15. Imagine a world where young girls can not only see the crap that some older man is going to try to put on them but also know how to effectively fight against it.

As absurd as these notions I've presented may be to some, the science shows something needs to be done. Stanford medical released a report in 2020 that the biology of the youth of this country is changing. We are seeing an actual biological shift in humanity right now. Those being raised on the internet are having the emotional cores of their brains being vastly empowered. From going to ultimate sorrow when reading a horribly untrue comment about yourself, to utter joy from seeing your crush dedicate a song to you online; it is emotional ping-pong. This is the equivalent of all those neurons lifting a BUNCH of weights, making reasoning that much harder of a trek up the hill. I’m one of those people who live by the “a pinch of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” If we have the ability to empower those who are being targeted in a million different ways, whether it be through sexual or political/religious means, then there should be nothing stopping us. It could happen, if not for our own vanity and fears.


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