Authors of Phi Delta Kappan, a book about classroom practice, policy, research, professional issues, and innovations in education, advise that an inability to build and sustain a relationship will affect not only the student’s academic career, but their entire adult life. Where unhealthy relationships contribute to domestic problems, stress and financial difficulties, healthy romantic relationships encourage healthier lifestyles and even higher wages.
What do students think?
The same researchers for Phi Delta Kappan conducted a survey with high school and college students from diverse backgrounds. It found the students were strong supporters of relationship education, as they expect sex education in schools to provide advice on how to form healthy relationships.
Some 70% of students wanted the discussions in sex education to delve deeper into subjects such as, “how to develop a mature relationship” and 46% wanted the education to veer toward advice on how to deal with breakups.