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ERIC Number: ED002650
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1963-Oct
Pages: 6
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THE SCHOOL AND THE MIGRANT CHILD--A SURVEY INTERPRETED.
National Committee on the Education of Migrant Children, Washington, DC.
A SURVEY CONDUCTED TO SECURE INFORMATION ON CONDITIONS AFFECTING MIGRANT CHILDREN IS PRESENTED. A FIVE-PART QUESTIONNAIRE DELINEATES THE NUMBER OF MIGRANT CHILDREN IN A GIVEN STATE, THEIR PARTICIPATION IN REGULAR AND SUMMER TERMS, AND NEEDS AND PROBLEMS CONNECTED WITH THEIR CLASSROOM ATTENDANCE. THE QUESTIONNAIRE HAS BEEN SENT TO DEPARTMENTS OF EDUCATION IN 48 STATES, AND TO CHURCH AGENCIES, GOVERNORS' COMMITTEES AND CITIZENS' COMMITTEES IN 10 STATES. FEW AGENCIES KNOW HOW MANY CHILDREN ENTER OR LEAVE THE STATE, AND FEW KEEP STATISTICS ON SCHOOL PROGRESS. MOST RESPONDENTS RECOGNIZE THAT MIGRANT CHILDREN ARE RETARDED, BUT ARE UNSURE OF, OR INDIFFERENT TO, THE MEANS TO IMPROVE EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES FOR THIS DISADVANTADED GROUP. THE MIGRANT CHILD IS DISADVANTAGED IN MANY WAYS. MOVING FROM DISTRICT TO DISTRICT, HE IS FREQUENTLY UNTOUCHED BY ATTENDANCE LAWS, UNWELCOMED IN THE CLASSROOM WHERE HIS PRESENCE CREATES MANY AND DIFFICULT PROBLEMS FOR THE TEACHER, AND IGNORED BY HIS CLASSMATES BECAUSE OF HIS LACK OF SOCIAL AWARENESS COMPARABLE TO THEIR OWN. OFTEN SPANISH-SPEAKING, HE FINDS FEW BILINGUAL TEACHERS WHEN HE TRAVELS AND SELDOM ENCOUNTERS A COUNSELOR TO ENCOURAGE OR MOTIVATE HIM TOWARD AN EDUCATION. RETARDED IN GRADE FROM 2 TO 3 YEARS, A RETARDATION INCREASING WITH HIS AGE, THE MIGRANT CHILD BECOMES AN EARLY SCHOOL DROPOUT. UNPROTECTED BY CHILD LABOR LAWS, HE TAKES HIS PLACE BESIDE HIS PARENTS, WORKING TO ADD TO THE FAMILY INCOME AND BECOMING IN TIME ANOTHER CIPHER IN HEALTH AND WELFARE STATISTICS. BECAUSE OF THE ESCALATING SOCIAL, ECONOMIC, AND HUMAN COSTS REPRESENTED BY THE UNEDUCATED MIGRANT CHILD, WAYS NEED TO BE FOUND QUICKLY TO PROVIDE HIM WITH THE BASIC EDUCATIONAL SKILLS NECESSARY IN A RAPIDLY CHANGING NATION.
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Authoring Institution: National Committee on the Education of Migrant Children, Washington, DC.
Identifiers: New York (New York)