Education and the Nontraditional Family
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The paper argues that the present educational system is based on norms that reflect the traditional family structure, a structure that has seen a steady decline since the 1970s. The paper discusses the need for the educational system to support the needs of nontraditional families and suggests a new program, the Family Education Coalition Program, to identify and address the problems of nontraditional families in the educational process. The paper relates that hopefully, broader acceptance of the nontraditional family will be possible, and our educational system will promote the same values that society in general is recognizing.
From the Paper:"Two social institutions in society need coordination. These two institutions, education and the family, have both undergone radical transformation in recent years and are also both heavily scrutinized. The inherent value of education is not criticized but the delivery system, how education should be paid for, and how and what should be taught is a constant source of discussion. Similarly, the role of the family in the educational process has always been an issue and now that the traditional family unit of two parent (male father and female mother), two child homes is no longer the statistical majority there is a compelling need to review society's educational approach and how it integrates with the new family models.
"As a background, nontraditional family structures have become the norm. In the latest data accumulated by the United States Census Bureau, the number of female-based households with husband present has risen to 14 million. The number of male-based households with no wife present has risen to 5.2 million and non-family households have reached 37 million. Meanwhile, the number of married-couple family households stand at55.9 million (Bureau, 2009)"
"What does this mean for the education system? In a system that is under constant scrutiny it is important that such a system be equipped to properly address the concerns of its detractors. Unfortunately, the present educational system is based on norms that reflect the traditional family structure. The norms are based on a family structure that has seen a steady decline since the 1970's."
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- Bureau, U. C. (2009). American Community Survey. Washington, D.C.: U.S. Census Bureau.
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