How the Type and Quality of Education Can Affect Our Social and Economic Outcomes

Res #: 9-18A
Number: 9
Year: 2018
Midterm: No
Expired: Yes
Responses Received: No
Departments: Saskatchewan Ministry of Education

WHEREAS the high relationship failure rate often leads to low productivity and higher health care costs as well as higher divorce, depression and suicide rates, higher stress, addiction and crime rates, all of which drains and strains our society and our economy;

WHEREAS the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Canadian government recognized the abnormally high rates of teen suicide and passed Bill C-300 to study this very titanic and unacceptable problem within our society;

WHEREAS that newer evidence based research suggests that large scale school based mental health/health education programs can be implemented in a variety of diverse cultures and educational models as well as preliminary
evidence that such programs have significant and measurable positive effects on a student's emotional, behavioral and academic outcomes;

BE IT RESOLVED that SARM lobby the provincial Ministry of Education and Ministry of Health, and Health Canada to take action by implementing a vastly improved health education curriculum which more completely meets the students’ true emotional and mental health needs along with a much higher level of relationship skills, especially at the Grade 9 – 12 levels;

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that given the high rate of teenage difficulties, SARM lobby the Ministry of Education to take the curriculum 'off pause,' and to also make a higher quality of health education available and compulsory in the Grade 11 and 12 levels as health education is neither available nor compulsory in most schools at present.

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