chapter  6
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The curriculum

Marriage and divorce are not on the school timetables of many children. The purpose of education for lower-class children was to prepare them for the world of work which they would enter as adults. The curriculum centred on numeracy and literacy skills, social organization was geared towards producing unquestioning obedience to superiors, and the orientation was towards the future. Experiential learning involves progressing through five defined phases: experiencing, publishing, processing, generalizing, and applying. The application of knowledge in personal and social situations is dependent upon a variety of social and interpersonal skills. A hidden curriculum is essentially the unintended teaching and features strongly in learning about family life. Teaching about families, must begin with the child's own experience of his home and widen to include the varieties of family life and structures. Education for family life must teach the secondary-school pupil how to make decisions.