Preparation for Family Life
Preparation for family
Preparation for the family life
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AbstractThe painful problems of youth present in society – an increase in teenagers’ pregnancy and abortion, sexually transmitted diseases, the threat of AIDS – show the moral fall of our nation, lack of preparation of young people for family life and lack of responsibility. Being the basis of the nation and the state, family is the environment in which a personality is born and starts to mature. The paper explores the problems of preparation for family life in comprehensive schools. It gives the analysis of general curricula and textbooks, which aims to reveal how and into what subjects the Universal Programme of Preparation for a Family and Sex Education should be integrated, because there is no separate sex education subject in Lithuanian schools. The research reveals that part of the topics of the Universal Programme of Preparation for a Family and Sex Education have already been included in the general curricula of Ethics, Religious Education, Biology, and Natural Science. So far such sexual issues as love and coercion, pornography, prostitution, sexual abuse, sexual orientation, Lithuanian wedding ceremony as well as the role of parents in sex education have not been covered at school. The analysis of textbooks showed that many of them do not correspond to the general curricula topics. In order to prepare pupils for the family and provide sex education to them, adequate teaching aids have to be developed and teachers with clear attitude, able to discuss these topics, have to be trained. Parents and family provide the basics and make the greatest direct influence on the formation of children’s world-view. Therefore, close cooperation of the school and parents is necessary.