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ERIC Number: ED001001
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1960-Aug
Pages: 16
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SOCIAL CLASS INFLUENCE ON LEARNING.
HAVIGHURST, ROBERT J.
IN AN ADDRESS DELIVERED AT A WORKSHOP OF THE GREAT CITIES IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM, IT WAS NOTED THAT TODAY'S SLUMS ARE BIGGER, STRATIFICATION MORE PREVALENT, AND THAT BECAUSE OF THESE FACTORS, ACCULTURATION HAS BEEN SOMEWHAT SLOWED DOWN. URBAN RENEWAL CANNOT BE SUCCESSFUL UNLESS SCHOOLS AND OTHER COMMUNITY AGENCIES ASSUME A MAJOR PART IN THE RENEWAL, AND SCHOOLS CANNOT FUNCTION PROPERLY UNLESS ATTENTION IS PAID TO THE PROBLEM OF STRUCTURE IN THE CITY. CREATION OF A "GLORIFIED" SLUM RESULTS WHEN PEOPLE ARE TAKEN OUT OF ONE BUILDING AND PUT IN ANOTHER IN THE NAME OF URBAN RENEWAL. A PROGRAM FOR CHILDREN IN THE EARLY ELEMENTARY GRADES COULD PROVIDE A BETTER READING PROGRAM, PROPERLY TRAINED TEACHERS, AND MATERIALS ADAPTED TO THEIR NEEDS. AN OBLIGATION OF SOCIETY IS TO PROVIDE WORK EXPERIENCE FOR SOME YOUNGSTERS AT THE AGES OF 13 OR 14. SIMPLE WORK SUCH AS GARDENING, ALLEY-CLEANING, BEACH UP-KEEP, SNOW REMOVAL COULD BE INSTITUTED TO IMPROVE COMMUNITY AREAS. EMPHASIS SHOULD BE PLACED ON PUNCTUALITY, COOPERATIVENESS AND A WILLINGNESS TO WORK. STUDENTS COULD COMBINE THEIR DAY WITH WORK AND BASIC CURRICULUM EXPERIENCE. JOBS COULD BE OBTAINED FOR THEM WHILE STILL IN SCHOOL IN BUSINESS OR INDUSTRY UNDER THE SCHOOL'S SUPERVISION, ENABLING THEM TO GRADUATE AT 16 TO FULL TIME EMPLOYMENT. IF SCHOOLS WILL MEET THE NEEDS OF THEIR CHILDREN, MANY OF TODAY'S PROBLEMS IN IN THE CITY SCHOOLS WOULD BE SOLVED.
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Authoring Institution: Detroit Public Schools, MI.
Identifiers: GREAT CITIES PROGRAM; MICHIGAN