Life Course Theory Essay

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“Throughout our lives, we go through many major changes. Born helpless, we are transformed through the years -- from infant to child to adolescent to adult. And through it all, we are shaped by our families, our communities, and our society” (Human Development, 2015, para. 1). This perceptive made me really think about my development and, with the help of this class, explore my life through the lens of the Life coarse Theory. Glen H. Elder helped to revolutionize Life coarse Theory to include how historical change, timing of within a life and support systems effect the development of a child. During the introduction to the class, Elder (1998) is quoted explaining that Life Course Theory provides the foundation for human development. Our adaptations …show more content…
Writer Elizabeth M. Collins and I have a very similar insight into a military family’s life. “Constant moving. Difficulty making and keeping friends. Parents who may leave for months at a moment 's notice. Extra responsibilities. […] These are the hallmarks of life as a military "brat," […] But with these drawbacks come immense pride, patriotism, maturity and strength, along with a national and often global outlook” (Collins, 2009, Pg. 1). So in reality, growing up with this stressful life positively influenced my development. I learned hard lessons in life but in return gained courage, passion and unity with my community. Our textbook, explains that “As children move from the sensorimotor to the preoperational stage […] the most obvious change is an extraordinary increase in representational, or symbolic activity” (Berk, 2010, p. 175). Everything we did, from moving to attended ceremonies, became a symbolic representation in my …show more content…
Even the American educational system is extremely ineffective. Most sexual education, provided in school, focuses more on scaring children into abstinence rather than providing them with adequate information about various sexual choices. In middle school, I attended a government funded sexual education class, during which the only information I received were explicit pictures of distorted and infected genitals. I was only educated on what horrible things could happen, if I had sex. What I needed was a safe, reliable resources and open conversation, in order to make fully rational and well-thought out sexual life

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