The U.S. Department of Commerce shows that 4,496,000 people both male and female got married in 2009. Now while these people were getting married 2,319,000 married couples got divorced (U.S. Census Bureau fig. 132). That makes our divorce rate in the United States 51.5 percent. Within those couples going through divorce, Beverly Willet, a lawyer and writer for the New York Times declares that one million children will be affected annually. Huge numbers like this show that it is necessary for those who are around these children a majority of the time know the effects that can and do occur to their development.
Considering the amount of time students spend in school, teachers are around these children as much if not more than their own parents. These teachers must be trained to know how to deal with the aspect of divorce as it relates to the actions that happen in their classrooms. The majority of the issues surrounding children from broken homes involve school in one way or another, like the high school drop out rate being three times higher than students from a nuclear family according to Zimilies & Lee 1991 (qtd. in “The Effects on Academics of Children Who Come from Divorced Families”). So in fore thought all teachers should be required to take extra courses in college, such as additional psychology and developmental classes to have better credentials to work with children from broken homes in order to give every child the tools and skills they need to succeed better in all areas of life.
There once was a time when divorce was unheard of. According to History.com the first legal record of a divorce in the America’s was on January 5th, 1643 between Anne and Denis Clarke. Anne had to ask the court for permission for a divorce. Her husband admitted through an affidavit that he in fact committed adultery and had two more children in addition to their children together, with his mistress (First Divorce in the Colonies). To get a divorce centuries ago, like Anne Clark, you had to prove adultery. It wasn’t very easy to separate from your spouse. Today, the laws concerning divorce have changed drastically. Couples can claim anything from adultery, to no fault divorces in some states, or irreconcilable differences. With the increase in the different grounds for divorce the rate over the years has also increased dramatically.
The population has increased in the United States of America. With this increase marriage numbers have also risen; however, divorce is also more common. Divorce does not just affect the couple itself but also their children in their homes if they have any. Every year more than one million children will have to become witness to the separation of their parents. The more divorce becomes a normal part of society the more children will be affected.
There are many ways in which all these factors can take place in the classroom setting. The combination of children being...