This award-winning show had a tremendous opportunity for a big time teachable moment for all of the high school students nationwide to be told, via this show, that drugs kill. Drugs can kill anyone who abuses them. It doesn’t matter if you are rich, poor, young, old, even the star of a television show, as well as people we know in our own family, friends, and classmates.
Teachable moments can come at any time and in many forms. This particular moment would have been an ideal time to drive home the realities of drug abuse. I am sad the opportunity to have some good come out of this horrible situation was missed.
What made this all just a little worse for me were the newscasters who actually praised the writers for the way they handled this touching issue. Why? The death was indeed tragic, senseless, and 100 percent preventable. Why not try to turn that tragedy into something for all viewers to learn from? Why not use this platform to provide a little guidance?
I am one who firmly believes that adults, all of us, need to look for, seek out, and use those teachable moments for our children and young adults. Those in the entertainment business most often let the profit motive – money — dictate how they write plots. Their job is to sell stuff and make lots of money.
We, too, can use the concept of profit motive in dealing with our children. Our profit however is the health, well being, and quality education we must ensure for our children because “Kids Are Our Future!”
Robert J. Klitzman is the former superintendent of Eastern Pulaski Community Schools.