Family Life Education

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One
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3

I truly believe that a significant measure in the protection of children and subsequent generations against exploitation lies in the incorporation of family life preparation programs within school systems. This is a concept which was opposed by some of my fellow Commissioners, and certainly by many parents in the general public. However, the challenge of raising healthy children is perhaps the most significant task that will be faced by the largest number of students in American schools. A large percentage of children who become involved in pornography and prostitution have run away from violent or exploitive homes.[2] Most reported child molestation is perpetrated by a family member.[3] In other words, if we depend completely on parental guidance, many children will never receive the benefit of information regarding their rights and responsibilities in making personal choices and the requirements of healthy parenting. Other children's own healthy experiences at home can be enhanced by age appropriate curriculum which clearly must respect the role of parents in determining life styles, cultural practices, and religious preferences. It seems incredible to me that we are unwilling to focus concern and educational resources on promoting healthy parenting and inter-personal skills at a level commensurate with our commitment to other curricula which may be of far less importance in the lives of future generations.

I would hope that educational systems throughout the country will follow the examples set by many school systems, including Los Angeles County, in responding to this major investment in our Country's future.