We might have heard about the most absurd urban legends in the country. All those infamous numbers we avoid in elevators or those days that should never coincide with 13. We all have at least 5 or more recollection of the most popular urban legends and hearsays the many Americans fear of hearing or actually experiencing. Despite the knowledge we got from school and the fact that we know urban legends have no concrete scientific bases, we still comply with the thinking and dwelling on the fear that should not even be there in the first place.
In one of the feature stories in Time, there is a case in which the issues are about children and how the school administrators treat a particular occurrence as something like an episode we want to see in Myth Busters. The irony here is that the theory about lice that supposedly had been firstly shunned by the academe is the same issue that they uphold under wrongful conclusions. What makes the parents are more concerned about is not how the school administrationsí see the problem as a natural occurrence but its baseless fears on the unproven and disputed theories about lice.
When the medical people in medical scrubs finally released a clinical report about head lice, many parents have been revived of its hope of bringing their kids to school without any fear of having them forced back home or grounded by the school for the mere reason that their children have head lice. A Head louse is not a disease and cannot be considered as such but still many schools are very critical on their ruling on grounding a student from school until lice are completely removed.
"We are trying to take a firmer position against the no-nits policy because it makes no medical sense and was never shown to be effective," says Dr. Barbara Frankowski to a Time interview, a pediatrician at Vermont Children's Hospital and past chair of the AAP's Council on School Health, which authored the new report.
Parents found an ally in the image of the pediatricians in lobbying down to tore the long due "no nits" policy implemented by many schools. But pediatricians also shun the idea of blaming the school in the spread of lice thus schools have the sole responsibility on getting rid of them. The main fact according to these experts in medical scrubs is that, these head lice are transmitted from frequent sleepovers and summer camps which are not necessarily sponsored by schools.
In the coming school opening, school officials as well as the parents are encourage to take steps on knowing the right way to get rid of lice. And on the part of the school administrators, policies should be based from factual evidence and as much as possible a medical proof in order not to confuse parents and students. On the parentsí part, it should be best that they visit their favored pediatrician in order to solve the problem of head lice on their children.
Geo Foerstel sees that opinions from the professionals in medical scrubs
are important in implementing school policies. He is part of the a particular campaign that aims to educate parents.