Hitched in Home Room

Seeking to curb divorces, schools are teaching the facts of married life. Is it for better or for worse?

It's sixth period at Sacramento's Natomas High School, and love is in the air. Teacher Janet Mann arrives bearing a white veil, a garter and carnations from the grocery store down the street. Then she asks the class to pair off, boy-girl, and proceeds. "Do you promise to be truthful and honest to your partner...until the course ends on June 10?" The couples say "I do" and swap plastic rings. Then Mann instructs the giggling newlyweds, "You may now not kiss the bride."

Is this school? Teachers have long indoctrinated students in practical subjects like home ec, but the idea of...

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