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ERIC Number: ED015813
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1967-Oct-23
Pages: 6
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ADJUSTMENT OF RURAL YOUTH TO URBAN ENVIRONMENTS.
SHIFFMAN, BERNARD M.
OUR POPULATION HAS BEEN SHIFTING FROM RURAL TO URBAN CENTERS FOR SEVENTY YEARS, REFLECTED BY THE FACT THAT IN 1900, 78 PERCENT OF THE POPULATION LIVED IN RURAL AREAS, IN CONTRAST TO 33 PERCENT IN 1960. THESE STATISTICS REVEAL THAT ALL PEOPLE, AND ESPECIALLY RURAL YOUTH, MUST LEARN TO LIVE IN A CHANGING URBAN ENVIRONMENT. IT IS A MISTAKE TO STEREOTYPE THESE YOUTH AS ONE SINGLE GROUP, WITHOUT REALIZING THAT THEY COME FROM A VARIETY OF SUB-CULTURES, WITH DIFFERENT SYSTEMS OF VALUES, AND WITH DIFFERENT WAYS OF COPING WITH SITUATIONS, INCLUDING THE URBAN ENVIRONMENT. OUR PRESENT EDUCATIONAL FACILITIES AND SOCIAL SERVICES ARE NOT ADEQUATE TO HELP YOUTH MAKE THE ADJUSTMENT FROM RURAL TO URBAN LIVING. SOME OF THE CHANGES WHICH SCHOOLS, YOUTH ORGANIZATIONS, AND OTHER SERVICES NEED TO CONSIDER INCLUDE--(1) SOCIAL SERVICES NEED TO BE FAMILY-FOCUSED, (2) RURAL YOUTH SHOULD BE MADE TO FEEL WELCOME AND SHOULD ALSO BE TAUGHT IN SMALL CLASSES, (3) A FUNCTIONAL CURRICULUM WITH EXCELLENT TEACHERS IS NEEDED, (4) SCHOOLS AND CHURCHES MUST REVERT TO THEIR OLD FUNCTION OF BEING THE CENTER OF NEIGHBORHOOD LIFE, AND (5) INCREASED JOB OPPORTUNITIES MUST BE PROVIDED. THIS SPEECH WAS PRESENTED AT THE NATIONAL OUTLOOK CONFERENCE ON RURAL YOUTH, OCTOBER 23-26, 1967, WASHINGTON, D.C., SPONSORED JOINTLY BY THE U.S. DEPARTMENTS OF AGRICULTURE, HEALTH, EDUCATION, AND WELFARE, INTERIOR, AND LABOR, OEO, AND THE PRESIDENT'S COUNCIL ON YOUTH OPPORTUNITY. (ES)
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