CHAPTER 679

HOUSE JOINT RESOLUTION NO. 32

AS AMENDED BY HOUSE AMENDMENT NO. 1

ENCOURAGING THE INTRODUCTION OF CONSUMER EDUCATION INTO THE PUBLIC SECONDARY SCHOOLS OF DELAWARE.

WHEREAS, the modern consumer is faced with a confusing multitude of product claims in the market place and proposals of every sort for investment or borrowing opportunities; and

WHEREAS, vendors, lenders, developers and advocates of every sort almost always present their wares in an attractive manner; and

WHEREAS, consumer education can be introduced into many school subjects but will succeed best when deliberately planned and monitored; and

WHEREAS, the Division of Consumer Affairs of the State, of Delaware initiated several workshops with teachers to encourage consumer education in the public schools of the State of Delaware;

WHEREAS, the State Department of Public Instruction, through the supervisor of the social studies program, developed a model unit in consumer education which was piloted in a Delaware secondary school in 1973-74 in order to help our young men and women in the secondary schools to become alert, responsive and responsible consumers.

NOW, THEREFORE:

BE IT RESOLVED by the House of Representatives and the Senate of the State of Delaware, with the approval of the Governor as attested by his signature affixed hereto, that the State Board of Education and the State Department of Public Instruction be commended for preparing and introducing a model unit in consumer education into a Delaware secondary school in 1973-74. The Board is advised that it is the desire of the General Assembly of the State of Delaware that identifiable units in consumer education be introduced into the social studies program and wherever appropriate into other subject areas in our schools. It is requested that the State Superintendent of Public Instruction report to the General Assembly on the success of this model program on or before May 1, 1975, and present a plan for the introduction of consumer education units in all Delaware high schools, effective September 1975 in such a manner that each high school graduate will have received at least forty-five (45) class hours of instruction in such areas as simple concepts of economics, buying practices, advertising analysis, consumer behavior and the roles, rights and responsibilities of consumers. The program herein described shall be conducted for three years, at which time the program shall be evaluated by the Department of Public Instruction in order to determine the desirability of its continuation. Such evaluation shall be set forth in a report which shall be forwarded to each member of the General Assembly.

Approved June 17, 1974.