This week there was a discussion on Facebook prompted by an aquaintance of mine about the teaching of cursive in elementary school. He was appalled that they no longer teach cursive to children here in Ontario. My daughter and I were having the same discussion earlier in the week because a girl she knows can’t read cursive at the age of 13, which prevented her from knowing the name of a brand of cookies she likes because the packaging is in cursive.
Someone else spoke up on the Facebook discussion saying that teachers are overwhelmed these days with too much to teach and not enough time in which to teach it and that these days parents need to take a more active role in their children’s learning and teach at home what necessities are not taught at school. Gone are the days when kids learn everything they need to know at school.
This made me realize that not just education but many, if not all, of our standard systems are changing and unable to keep up.
Just as parents need to be involved in their kids’ education, people also need to be involved in their own healthcare. We can no longer rely on our doctors to take care of us if we want to live healthy, active, nourished lives.
The healthcare system is largely reactive: you go to the doctor once you’re already sick and, by and large, they will give you a prescription for a drug that will ease your symptoms. They will not – and can not – delve into the cause of your symptoms.
The only way to make long-term, safe, and effective changes to our own health is to be proactive. Prevention means: eat well, exercise, nourish our spirits, love and be loved, contribute to community, be grateful. In short, practice healthy living.
Prevention may also include seeing complementary healthcare providers such as reiki practitioners, chiropractors, massage therapists, homeopaths, naturopaths, nutritionists, and coaches/therapists. Yes, you will have to pay for many of those service (because the healthcare system is really about sick care and is not interested in prevention) but isn’t living a healthy, pain-free life, free of medication worth it. Isn’t it?