Families play a very important role in our individual lives and in society. It is in the family that we learn to relate to, care about, and help others; acquire attitudes about learning and work; build interaction and communication skills; form patterns of responding to the environment; develop ways of thinking and reasoning; and learn right from wrong. Family members can and often do work together within the family and with other families to improve conditions in the home, workplace, community, and work.
Students in Wisconsin should understand and appreciate the family's significance as a social institution and its role in meeting members' physical needs for food, clothing, shelter, and economic resources; nurturing members' cognitive, social, emotional, physical, and brain development, and well being across the life span; and creating democratic groups and a more democratic society.
Students should develop the knowledge, attitudes, and skills needed to be contributing members of families.