I recently learned of a study that found that $300 to $400 million dollars could be saved each year if terminally ill patients stayed in their homes rather than in hospitals during their last weeks.
The saving of $300 to $400 million dollars a year grabbed me, because I have an idea that would save untold millions of dollars in health care costs and make us a healthier nation if we, as educators, got behind it. It is to require that all high school students take and pass a nationally standardized health and sexuality education achievement test in order to graduate.
Such a requirement would elevate the health and sexuality education field, and take it off the perimeter of education policy and practice, where it currently resides. It would give sexual health the same level of importance as other subjects that require standardized tests, such as reading, math, science and writing.