Bureau of Publications, California State Department of Education, P.O. Box 271, Sacramento, CA 95802-0271 ($4.00).
Reports - General
This document contains the final report of a California Task Force created to promote self-esteem and personal responsibility. It begins with an executive summary listing key principles of the task force and providing recommendations and discussions in each of six major areas upon which the report focuses. The next section presents the task force's vision and recommended action. Readers are guided into the 21st century as a time when Californians have integrated the principles of self-esteem and of personal and social responsibility into their personal lives and into their families, businesses, governments, and communities. The third section presents a definition of self-esteem and gives a commentary on the definition. Section 4 lists key principles for nurturing self-esteem and personal and social responsibility. Section 5 examines further action and needed research. Section 6 represents the substantive results of the task force's investigation into the relationship between self-esteem and the social concerns of: (1) family (parenting, child abuse, teenage pregnancy); (2) education (schools and academic failure); (3) substance use and abuse; (4) crime and violence; (5) poverty and chronic welfare dependency; and (6) the workplace. Each major area is organized in two parts: first, general findings, and then policy recommendations with supporting data and program examples. Section 7 gives brief personal statements from task force members and section 8 consists of a brief conclusion. (NB)