Education: Divorce Course

For years, thousands of U.S. high schools have taught "life adjustment" courses to introduce adolescents to the trials and tribulations of marriage. Since 1970, Parkrose High School in Portland, Ore., has been carrying the instruction one step further; its twelve-week course on contemporary family life starts with the students pretending to get married —and ends with them pretending to get divorced.

The Parkrose divorce course was designed by History Teacher Cliff Allen, a former football coach, as a "simulation game" to teach "the reality of marriage—no punches pulled." Allen, 35, who has been married for 16 years, makes the game as real...

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