Public School Program
In 2005, Mr. Liviu Marin and introduced an innovative program in the public school system in Constanta to educate students as to the value and problems of people who are mentally and physically impaired. Negative social attitudes toward such persons are strong, and will continue unless the minds of the younger generation are renewed regarding the effects of their lifestyles can have on the births of damaged babies. With the full support of the administration, he had 15 classes and well over 300 students, some of whom expressed interest in perhaps helping at the Day Center. Considered a Health Education class, the course, “The True Measure of a Man” is having a positive influence on students who will be society’s adults of tomorrow. In June 2008, 105 students were asked to evaluate aspects of the course using scores of 10 (excellent) to 1 (weak.)
Item 1 - Opinion of the value of the course
84% rated it at 10
12% rated it at 9
3% rated it at 8
1% rated it at 1
Item 2- What did you expect from this course and which of your expectancies were fulfilled?
Students gave different answers to this item:
”I expected to learn more about love(philia, agape, storge) between people with problems and normal people”- 6th grade
“My expectations were fulfilled”- 5 th
9% of the ones questioned expected subjects about adolescence and sexuality.
21% answered that all their expectations were fulfilled.
6% wanted more information.
5% wanted to know more about staying healthy.
4% wanted to talk about drugs relating to disabilities.
49% did not answer this question
Item 3 - What was the most interesting and useful subject for you?
36 chose “Adolescence and Sexuality; Circle of Life.”
36 chose “Premarital Sexual Relationships and STI.” (Socially Transmitted Infections)
35 chose “The risks of Drug Consumption.”
13 chose ”How We Can Help a Person with Disabilities.”
22 chose ”True Love.”
15 considered all of the subjects to be useful and interesting.
7 did not answer this question.
Response to “Adolescence and Sexuality; Circles of Life.”
“It’s helpful in life.”
Responses to “Premarital Sexual Relationships and STI” –
“I learned how to protect myself.”
“I learned not to make mistakes that can’t be fixed.”
Response to “The Risks of Drug Consumption”
“It teaches us how to deal with the temptation.”
“My eyes are open now.”
Response to “True Love”
“I learned new things.”
“I need to wait”
There were students that considered ALL of the subjects useful.
“They are important and educational”.
Item 4 - WHAT do you think was the least useful part of the course?
59% of those questioned considered all the subjects were useful, and there was no part of the course that was not interesting or useful.
“All the course was useful to all of us.”
25% of those questioned did not answer this question.
5% considered “Who are the people with disabilities” as the least useful.
“I’m not interested in this subject”
9% of student’s votes were distributed as follows:
3% “Drug consumption,”
“I don’t use drugs”;
3% “Premarital Sexual Relationships and STI”, and “True Love Waits” as un-useful 2% saw “Adolescence” as being uninteresting.
”I’m not interested.”
Item 5 ”The presented themes seemed to me…”
74% very useful
Item 6 - How would you grade the social worker who presented the courses?
85% excellent (10)
“He knew how to talk to us and to explain all the problems.”
“He was very cool.”
“He was very explicit with us and personally, I learned a lot.”
“He knew how to explain [things] very well.”
“He knew [how] to joke with us.”
“He was very calm and good with us”
9% very good (9)
”You are capable in this work”
6% 8, one gave a 7 and one a 5.
Item 7- Evaluate the quality of presentation in the following aspects:
organization of presentation;
Place and duration
Organization of presentation
78% very good
75% very good,
Style and attractiveness
80% very good
Place and duration
63% very good
Many of the students want to have more lessons together.
Item 8 -Did you talk to your parents about this course?
74% of the students discussed with their parents about this course and in general they described the reactions of their parents as being favorable. Examples:
“They had an unexpectedly good reaction.”
“They were indifferent,”
“They agreed with it.”
“They said that this course is very useful.”
“They were surprised by the existence of this course and they don’t know what they believe. But I explained it to them. It’s OK.”
“They were delighted.”
26% of the subjects did not talk to their parents. These are their answers:
“I did not talk to my parents, because I had not time”.
Item 9 - How did this course help you?
“I learned how to help people with disabilities.”
“My eyes are opened to see reality.”
“I know more about health.”
“I learned not to judge the [disabled] people.”
“It offered me a new vision of life.”
“It helped me make important decisions for my life.”
“To be aware that there are many risks in life.”
“Not to start my sexual life.”
“I don’t think this course helped me.”
“to know many useful things.”
“to protect myself and not to take drugs.”
Item 10 -Following this course, the most important decision i Made was:
Here are some of the students’ answers:
”To remain virgin until 18 years old.”
”Not to smoke.”
”To protect myself, using condoms.”
”To not judge people by the way they look.”
“To keep myself for the true love that waits.”
“Not to loose my virginity before marriage.”
”I didn’t make a decision.”
”Not to judge, and to help people with disabilities.”
“Not to use drugs.”
“Not to offend a person with disabilities.”
”Not to get involved in a sexual relationship with boys.”
“To help some people with disabilities.”
The teachers respect this course, and were very glad that students learned many practical things for their lives. Many teachers invited [the course] to return and help them in this program.
Because of [their interest], in March, I invited a good friend from Targoviste, Dr. Daniel Craciun, psychiatrist for youth and kid, to present a seminar to help. It was very powerful!