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ERIC Number: ED001785
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1963
Pages: 31
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THE DEMONSTRATION GUIDANCE PROJECT, 1957-1962 PILOT PROGRAM FOR HIGHER HORIZONS.
HILLSON, HENRY T.
IDENTIFICATION AND STIMULATION WERE ATTEMPTED FOR DISADVANTAGED STUDENTS WHOSE DEPRIVATION WOULD TEND TO KEEP THEIR ABILITIES FROM BEING RECOGNIZED. IT WAS HOPED THAT THE PROGRAM WOULD MAKE IT POSSIBLE FOR MANY MORE SUCH YOUNG PEOPLE TO GO ON TO HIGHER EDUCATION. A MAJOR PROGRAM OF CULTURAL ENRICHMENT WAS PLANNED FOR THE PROJECT STUDENTS AND INCLUDED SUCH ACTIVITIES AS VISITS TO MUSEUMS AND LIBRARIES, ATTENDANCE AT CONCERTS AND THE THEATER, AND A TRIP TO WASHINGTON, D.C. BECAUSE ALL STUDENTS WERE AIMING TOWARD COLLEGE, AT LEAST IN THEORY, THEY WERE PLACED IN ACADEMIC COURSES AT THE BEGINNING, EVERY EFFORT WAS MADE TO MEET THEIR NEEDS WITHIN THIS FRAMEWORK. TO PROVIDE THE MOST FAVORABLE LEARNING CONDITIONS, STUDENTS WERE GROUPED HOMOGENEOUSLY IN ALL MAJOR SUBJECT AREAS ON THE BASIS OF TEST SCORES AND SCHOOL RECORDS. THE HEART OF THE GUIDANCE PROGRAM WAS INDIVIDUAL COUNSELING. FOR STUDENTS WITH COMPLEX AND SEVERE PROBLEMS, CLINICAL SERVICES UNDER A PSYCHOLOGIST AND SOCIAL WORKER WERE ALSO AVAILABLE. BASED ON THE NUMBER OF PROJECT STUDENTS WHO RECEIVED DIPLOMAS, THOSE WHO WENT ON THE HIGHER INSTITUTIONS, THOSE WHO RECEIVED TOP SCHOLASTIC HONORS, AND THE FAVORABLE OPINION OF BOTH STUDENTS AND TEACHERS, THE PROJECT WAS CONSIDERED HIGHLY SUCCESSFUL. ALTHOUGH THE PROBLEM OF DROPOUTS AND UNDERACHIEVERS STILL EXISTED, THE PROJECT DEMONSTRATED THAT MANY UNDERPRIVILEGED CHILDREN WITH MEDIOCRE RECORDS CAN, UNDER PROPER CONDITIONS, REACH HIGH ACADEMIC LEVELS.
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Authoring Institution: New York City Board of Education, Brooklyn, NY.
Identifiers: HIGHER HORIZONS PROGRAM; New York (New York)