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ERIC Number: ED001420
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1963-Dec
Pages: 7
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THE KID WITH TWO STRIKES AGAINST HIM.
LIDDLE, GORDON P.; ROCKWELL, ROBERT E.
IN A 10 YEAR STUDY OF 1,200 CHILDREN LIVING IN A MIDWESTERN CITY, IT WAS FOUND THAT THOSE FROM DEPRIVED BACKGROUNDS MISSED ABOUT THREE TIMES AS MANY DAYS OF SCHOOL AS THEIR CLASSMATES FROM UPPER-MIDDLE-CLASS FAMILIES. REASONS FOR THIS SITUATION WERE POOR DIET, UNCARED-FOR ILLNESSES AND ACCIDENTS. ALSO THE FEELINGS THAT CHILD HAD ABOUT HIMSELF PLAYED AN IMPORTANT ROLE. THE CHILD'S PROGRESS AT HOME AND SCHOOL WAS NOT WATCHED CLOSELY, AND HE WAS RARELY PRAISED FOR EACH NEW STEP HE TOOK TOWARD MATURITY. AS A RESULT, CHILDREN BEGAN TO FEEL THAT THEY WERE UNIMPORTANT. IN FAMILIES WHERE THE CHILDREN RECEIVED LITTLE REWARD FOR GROWING MORE MATURE, THEY OFTEN TURNED TO DARING BEHAVIOR AS A MEANS OF GAINING ATTENTION AND RELIEVING THE MONOTONY OF THEIR LIVES, FULLY 30 PERCENT OF THE UNDERACHIEVING LOWER-CLASS YOUNGSTERS WERE READY TO TRY ALMOST ANYTHING. ANOTHER REASON WHY DEPRIVED CHILDREN WERE ACCIDENT PRONE WAS THAT NEITHER THEY NOR THEIR PARENTS SAW THE WORLD AS GOVERNED BY CAUSE AND EFFECT RELATIONSHIPS, INSTEAD THEY FELT THAT THE WORLD ACTS ON THEM AND THAT THEY COULD DO VERY LITTLE TO INFLUENCE IT. IN ADDITION TO DISCOURAGING LEARNING FROM EXPERIENCE, FATALISM LED TO ACCIDENTS BECAUSE IN ORDER TO PREVENT ACCIDENTS, A PERSON SHOULD USE FORESIGHT. THROUGH PARENT AND CHILD EDUCATION, MANY OF THE HAZARDS IN THESE CHILDREN'S LIVES COULD BE ELIMINATED.
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Identifiers: ILLINOIS; MARYLAND; Maryland (College Park); QUINCY