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Douglas R. Ramm, Ph.D.
P.O. Box 26
Indian Rocks Beach, FL 33785
(727) 596-7516

 

 
Students learn about self-defeating behaviors.
 

 
Students learn four scientifically formulated principles of morality.
 

 
Students learn that acting on scientifically formulated principles of morality will enhance their quality of life.
 

 
Scientifically formulated principles are neither affiliated with, nor hostile to, any religious tradition.
 

 
Rooted in what research has revealed about the motivation of acting on principle.
 

 
Students are inspired to do what's right.
 

 
 
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Facts of Life programs are based on the reality that being a responsible member of society is rooted in the practice of doing what is right. These programs recognize that good citizens are those people who act on principle when going about the course of daily living. Facts of Life programs are built on the results of psychological research which reveals that the vast majority of people who act on principle are motivated to do so because they believe right action will enhance their quality of life.
 
Facts of Life programs recognize that any character development course for adolescents must address a number of behaviors which get teens into trouble. These delinquent behaviors include:
  • drug and alcohol abuse
  • other types of illegal conduct
  • irresponsible sexual activity and
  • academic underachievement
     
    Each of these patterns of behavior has negative consequences, not only to the adolescent who engages in them, but also to their families, their communities, and society as a whole.
     
    Facts of Life programs recognize that although many theories have been put forth to explain why adolescents engage in delinquent activity, the most frequent reason is the teen's belief that this type of behavior will lead to greater contentment and satisfaction with life. The main intervention provided by Facts of Life programs consist of showing adolescents how this behavior actually undermines their ability to become and remain happy. This is accomplished by showing them what research has revealed about how delinquent behavior frequently results in a threat to or loss of what human beings require in order to find real and lasting happiness.
     
    Once students understand the connection between happiness and delinquent behavior, they are introduced to a set of principles - ideas about right and wrong - which enable them to choose a course of action which will enable them to avoid a threat to their own happiness, contentment and satisfaction in living. By the end of the program students recognize that using these principles for making choices in daily living is just as effective in finding happiness as following basic wellness principles will enable them to become and remain healthy.
     
    Even though students who go through Facts of Life programs are inspired to do what's right because it appeals to self-interest, they end up becoming responsible citizens. Making choices based on scientifically formulated principles of morality has pro-social consequences. Not only are students who complete Facts of Life programs less likely to engage in delinquent behavior, they are also more likely to become productive and responsible members of their families, their communities, and society as a whole.
     
    While some other character development programs encourage principled reasoning, they generally promote a set of principles based on religion. Presuming that morality is a matter of religion, these programs frequently put forth notions that what is right can be found in The Ten Commandments, or the teachings of Moses, Jesus, or Mohammed. Facts of Life programs teach students the world's first and only set of scientifically formulated principles of morality. These ideas about what is right are neither affiliated with, nor hostile to, any religious tradition.
     
    Facts of Life programs actually inspire students to do what's right because they are based on the research finding that the vast majority of people who act on principle are motivated by the belief that right action will enhance their own quality of life. Unlike most other character development programs which promote the notion that right action is that which enhances the welfare of others, Facts of Life programs are built on this basic dynamic for moral motivation. Students appreciate the value of acting on principle because they realize right action is essential to their personal pursuit of happiness.
     
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