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Wendy, I really appreciated your insights on this subject, although I do
think there are math teachers who will! I too find the whole taboo stuff
around drugs to be very dishonest towards our students. Without advocating
the use of drugs, I think we can be "elders" for our students and give them
better information than they are getting. I hate it when the cops come in
and lay this drug trip on the kids--the information they often give is so
patently false, I can hardly sit through the presentations. And the kids
know this too. The films they see on drugs are a joke to them, the students
laugh through them.
Many of us used drugs when we were younger, and many of us still
use drugs. There, I've said it. I will talk to kids about drug use (if I am
pushed by them to do so--I don't volunteer it) and my feelings about drugs
in hindsight. My feelings are not particularly negative although I would
have done some things differently. Other teachers are telling me I'm
committing professional suicide, but I still talk with the students.I
sometimes feel like I'm the only one that will be straight with them on the
I agree with you that there is a great deal of hypocrisy concerning
drugs and drug use in all its forms. Humans have always used substances to
heal and enhance. The case can be made that drug illegality exists to
control certain groups of people. Anyway, thanks for raising the issue.