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ERIC Number: ED014507
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1965
Pages: 1
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DROPOUTS AND A "DESIGN FOR LIVING."
HARRISON, HELEN; HARRISON, NEWTON
A TRAINING PROGRAM FOR DROPOUTS MUST TEACH NOT ONLY SKILLS BUT SHOULD ALSO IMPART A SET OF SOCIAL AND ESTHETIC VALUES THAT PROVIDE A REASON FOR EARNING A LIVING. THE DEPRIVED BACKGROUND OF DROPOUTS FOSTERS ANTISOCIAL, ANTI-INTELLECTUAL, AND ANTICULTURAL ATTITUDES. EXPOSURES TO CULTURAL ACTIVITIES ALONE IS INSUFFICIENT TO ALTER DEEPLY ENTRENCHED ATTITUDES WHICH CAN ONLY BE CHANGED BY A MORE DRAMATIC APPROACH. RATHER, A TRAINING PROGRAM, LIKE A MULTIFACETED "DESIGN FOR LIVING" COURSE, PRESENTED THROUGH DISCUSSIONS, LECTURES, TRIPS, AND PROJECTS, WOULD BETTER HELP THE YOUTH DEVELOP NEW VALUE SYSTEMS. BEGINNING BY "LOCALIZING" THE PROBLEMS OF LIVING IN THE PERSONAL ENVIRONMENT--THE HOME--THIS COURSE WOULD GUIDE THE YOUTH TO SEE THEIR PERSONAL COMPLAINTS IN TERMS OF GENERAL HUMAN NEEDS AND PSYCHOLOGY, AND ULTIMATELY TO VIEW THE INDIVIDUAL AS PART OF A TOTAL ENVIRONMENT. AFTER THESE YOUTH BECOME AWARE OF THE SPECIFIC PRACTICAL WAYS TO CONTROL THEIR OWN ENVIRONMENT, THEY MAY HAVE A REASON FOR ATTEMPTING TO DO SO. IN THE PROCESS THE DROPOUT WILL BECOME LESS CULTURALLY ISOLATED. AVAILABLE IN SHOSTAK, ARTHUR B., ED. NEW PERSPECTIVE ON POVERTY, BY A.B. SHOSTAK AND WILLIAM GOMBERG, ED., ENGLEWOOD CLIFFS, N.J., PRENTICE-HALL INC., P.174-178. (NH)
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