Reduced family education Decline in family education
In the developing and the developed world, the teaching of adults and children appropriate ways of living as a family remains limited. In traditional and rural communities the process of socialization included preparing young people and children for the process of living as a family member. In today's urban environment and with the nuclear family much of this capacity is not passed on to individuals and so parents are left on their own to discover ways of being a family unit. While many nations teach sex education few teach sexuality. House keeping for men or women is frequently not passed from one generation to the next. Developing and using a family budget is seldom taught. The processes of making decisions within the context of the family is make shift at best and frequently inadequate. The techniques of decision making are not taught. Social interaction within the family is unclear and interaction between the family and the larger community is haphazard. Because of the development of the nuclear family and the loss of interaction with elderly people children never understand the process of growing old and are insulated from death. Generally it is only the religious schools that consciously teach any form of morality or ethics, so the bulk of students learn from example and the media. Parents often feel inadequate to teach ethics further exasperating the problem. The structures of formal education is left to prepare the child for job and social responsibility but for the most part schools never deal with the problems of being in a family.
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