Part 4. If you missed them: Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3.

The consensus, no matter if you support or oppose the petition, is that education is the key. No argument from me, we need education.

But.

Lots of money has been invested in education and public awareness.

JDRF spent $39.9 million on Public Education in 2011.

ADA spent $56,086 on Information and $45,018 on Advocacy & Public Awareness in 2011.

That is a lot of money. I didn’t dig further back into their financials, but I would guess that the figures are similar.

Wow, lots of money that has been mostly raised by dedicated and passionate volunteers.

I can’t imagine how much time and energy from those actually living with diabetes has spent on educating the public. If you could convert it to currency, I bet it would be just as much. If not more.

But.

We are spinning our tires on the education front. Something is not working. All that money being spent and little to no progress to show for it.

So what could be the problem? Why isn’t it working?

Media?

Yes. They are one problem.

I did a little searching and I came across Canons of Journalism. It appears to be a code of ethics of sorts for Journalists. It discusses things like responsibility, truthfulness and accuracy.

It’s a code but not law. There is no requirement to follow it. The way they perpetuating the stigma in their incomplete or sensationalized reporting doesn’t seem very ethical to me.

They need to be held accountable, but how?

Society is Ignorant?

I’ve actually seen an argument that we can’t change the ignorance in our society but in almost the same breath says focus needs to be on education.

That argument genuinely confuses me, perhaps it is a “Why Bother” argument.

But.

Again, look at the money, the MILLIONS of dollars spent in just ONE year on education.

Why is society so ignorant?

Does it circle back to the media? To lack of awareness because they are not directly affected by it? Does society just not care?

Or could there be another reason that education isn’t working.

Regardless, the current battle plan in our war is not working.

It doesn’t seem to me that any of the the current methods are working.

Why?

Maybe, just maybe it loops back to the Expert Committee and the ambiguous labels given to the different forms of diabetes.

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizen can change the world: Indeed it’s the only thing that ever has”

Margaret Mead.

Advertisements