Here Comes the Bride.Homework and All Wedding Adds a 'Dose of Reality' to Sociology Class
Williams, Kendra L., Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL)
Byline: Kendra L. Williams Daily Herald Staff Writer
Twenty-six couples at Prospect High School continued an eight-year tradition this spring when they got married in the school's theater.
They didn't really get married, of course, but any casual observer may have thought so. Teenage brides were decked out in white dresses and veils, carried bouquets and ate wedding cake after exchanging vows with boys in tuxes.
Part of the school's "Sociology of Marriage and Family" course, the wedding is a hands-on way for students to learn how to create and work within a budget, according to teacher Jan Gustafson. The class also teaches students to look for an apartment, find jobs, buy furniture, shop for a car on the Internet and talk to adults in the business community professionally, Gustafson said.
"The students do love this," said Gustafson, a life studies teacher. "They learned how much work goes into a wedding. It definitely gave them an idea of how much it costs."
Though the students got price quotes from bridal shops, tuxedo rental shops, florists and bakeries, several local businesses donate those items for the wedding each semester, Gustafson said.
The course takes a consumer education approach rather than an academic approach to sociology - that's handled through the sociology courses offered in the social studies department. …