ERIC Number: ED287198
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-Oct
Schools Must Teach Kids How To Cope.
Updating School Board Policies, v18 n9 p1-3 Oct 1987
Students need opportunities for developing a strong self-image and for learning how to cope with life's problems safely and effectively. Programs should be provided that offer young people the opportunity to develop (1) a strong and secure sense of self-worth; (2) more effective communication skills; (3) the ability to cope with disappointment, rejection, and loss; (4) an inherent understanding that violence is never acceptable behavior; and (5) clearer and more realistic expectations about their roles in all relationships including marriage, parenting, family life, and career. The most successful programs are those that are a mandated part of the basic educational process, comprehensive, year-long, and taught by the best teachers. One program, "The Dynamics of Relationships," is a primary prevention curriculum that is taught by teachers and guidance counselors; it was piloted in 1985 in four Washington, D.C. high schools as a full-year, five-day-a-week, one-credit elective. Another 18-week program, "Skills for Adolescence," is designed to build self-esteem in youngsters so they can deal better with the pressures of growing up in a stressful and complex society. Instructions for obtaining information about these programs are provided. (MLF)
Descriptors: Communication Skills, Conflict Resolution, Coping, Curriculum Development, Daily Living Skills, Decision Making, Educational Objectives, Elementary Secondary Education, Family Problems, Interpersonal Relationship, Prevention, Quality of Life, School Responsibility, Self Concept, Social Problems, Student Needs, Student School Relationship
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Policymakers; Administrators; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: National School Boards Association, Alexandria, VA. Educational Policies Service.