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ERIC Number: ED001678
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1963
Pages: 7
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SCHOOL DROPOUTS AND AMERICAN SOCIETY.
MILLER, S.M.
THE CONTRIBUTION OF WHITE-COLLAR FAMILIES TO THE NUMBER OF DROPOUTS HAS BEEN WIDELY IGNORED. THERE HAS ALSO BEEN A STEREOTYPING OF LOW-INCOME YOUNGSTERS THAT COMPLETELY OVERLOOKS THE DIVERSITY AMONG THE AMERICAN POOR. THE FACT THAT JEWISH LOW-INCOME AREAS HAVE HIGH GRADUATION RATES HAS BEEN USED TO CRITICIZE NEGROES AS UNWILLING TO HELP THEMSELVES. THIS CRITICISM IGNORES THE HISTORICAL BASIS OF LITERACY AMONG JEWS. A FURTHER MISLEADING GENERALIZATION IS THE ASSUMPTION THAT PROSPECTIVE DROPOUTS CANNOT LEARN AND ARE ALIENATED FROM SCHOOL. TOO OFTEN THE FAULT LIES WITH TEACHERS AND ADMINISTRATORS, THEY MAY NOT HAVE LEARNED HOW TO DEAL WITH YOUTH WHO DO NOT FIT INTO THE PRESCRIBED CONDITIONS OF SCHOOL LIFE. NINE BASIC REMEDIAL PROGRAMS AIMED AT SOLVING THE DROPOUT PROBLEM ARE CITED. SOME OF THESE INCLUDED PROPAGANDA CAMPAIGNS TO PERSUADE YOUTH TO STAY IN SCHOOL, REMEDIAL READING PROGRAMS TO OVERCOME DEFICIENCIES, ATTEMPTS TO STRENGTHEN THE RELATIONSHIP OF SCHOOL AND FAMILY, AND VOCATIONAL EDUCATION PROGRAMS. WHILE ALL OF THESE REMEDIAL EFFORTS HAVE ATTEMPTED TO SOLVE ONE ASPECT OF THE DROPOUT PROBLEM, THE ARTICLE POINTS TO THE INEFFECTIVENESS OF EACH TO HELP PROSPECTIVE DROPOUTS IN THEIR SPECIAL NEEDS AT AN EARLY STAGE.
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Authoring Institution: Syracuse Univ., NY. Youth Development Center.
Identifiers: New York (Syracuse)