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ERIC Number: ED002150
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1960
Pages: 31
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THE SCHOOL DROPOUT PROBLEM--SYRACUSE.
MILLER, S.M.; AND OTHERS
A SURVEY ON YOUNG PEOPLE WHO LEFT THE SYRACUSE SCHOOLS DURING THE SCHOOL YEAR 1959-60 WITHOUT HAVING GRADUATED IS PRESENTED. AN INITIAL PERSPECTIVE OF THE SCHOOL DROPOUT WAS SOUGHT. THIS INCLUDED WHO HE IS, HIS BEHAVIOR IN SCHOOL, HIS JOB EXPERIENCE AFTER LEAVING SCHOOL, RELATIONSHIP OF DELINQUENCY TO THE DROPOUT, AND FAMILY BACKGROUND AND WELFARE EXPERIENCE. SOURCES USED WERE--SCHOOL RECORDS, NEW YORK STATE EMPLOYMENT RECORDS, COUNTY WELFARE DEPARTMENT RECORDS, WORK PERMITS FILED WITH THE BOARD OF EDUCATION, ARMED FORCES EXAMINATION STATION RECORDS, THE REGISTRY OF JUVENILE OFFENDERS, AND THE IDENTIFICATION BUREAU OF THE POLICE DEPARTMENT. THE DROPOUT RATE IN SYRACUSE IS SMALL (54 OF EVERY 1,000 STUDENTS ENROLLED). THE MEAN IQ OF DROPOUTS STUDIED WAS 92.8, INDICATING THAT THEY WERE CAPABLE OF DOING THE ACADEMIC WORK REQUIRED. ONLY 27 PERCENT OF THE DROPOUTS STUDIED HAD ANY CONTACT WITH LAW-ENFORCING AGENCIES, AND THE MAJORITY OF THE OFFENSES COMMITTED WERE NOT SERIOUS, INDICATING THAT THE DROPOUT DOES NOT AUTOMATICALLY BECOME A SOCIAL PROBLEM IN TERMS OF REPEATED DELINQUENCIES AND ANTISOCIAL ACTS. MEMBERS OF THE GROUP, AS A WHOLE, WERE FOUND TO BE 16 OR 17 YEARS OLD UPON LEAVING SCHOOL, MOST LEFT DURING THE FIRST 3 YEARS OF HIGH SCHOOL. ALMOST FOUR-FIFTHS OF THEM WERE AT LEAST 1 YEAR RETARDED IN SCHOOL WORK. MORE THAN 40 PERCENT OF THE FAMILIES OF THE DROPOUTS CAME FROM RELATIVELY POOR FAMILIES, THIS FACT IS SUPPORTED BY EVIDENCE THAT MOST OF THE PARENTS HAD LOW PRESTIGE AND LOW-SKILLED JOBS. BOYS WERE MORE LIKELY TO LEAVE SCHOOL BEFORE GRADUATION THAN GIRLS, BOYS WERE OLDER THAN GIRLS WHEN LEAVING SCHOOL, AND BOYS WERE MORE RETARDED IN GRADE LEVEL THAN GIRLS.
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Authoring Institution: Syracuse Univ., NY. Youth Development Center.
Identifiers: New York (Syracuse)