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ERIC Number: ED018552
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1963-Mar
Pages: 24
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Reference Count: 0
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INDUSTRIAL ARTS AND HIGH SCHOOL DROPOUTS, A REPORT PREPARED AT THE REQUEST OF THE HONORABLE DALLAS WOLFE, STATE SENATOR, 15TH DISTRICT FOR THE WEST VIRGINIA SENATE EDUCATION COMMITTEE.
BRENNAN, THOMAS J.
SEVERAL PROPOSALS FOR ALLEVIATING THE DROPOUT PROBLEM ARE PRESENTED. STUDENTS LEAVE SCHOOL BECAUSE OF FAILURE AND RETARDATION IN SCHOOL, DISLIKE OF SCHOOL, HOME CIRCUMSTANCES, MARRIAGE, CONFLICTS WITH TEACHERS, FEELINGS OF REJECTION, NEED TO WORK, MILITARY SERVICE, AND HEALTH. WHILE IN SCHOOL, THE POTENTIAL DROPOUT IS USUALLY SHUNTED INTO A CURRICULUM AREA WHERE HE CAUSES THE FEWEST ADMINISTRATIVE PROBLEMS, AND UNLESS HE SUCEEDS THERE, HE PROBABLY GIVES UP AND LEAVES SCHOOL. VOCATIONAL EDUCATION AS A SOLUTION TO THE DROPOUT PROBLEM IS NOT FEASIBLE BECAUSE THE SMALL SCHOOLS OF WEST VIRGINIA CANNOT SUPPORT BROAD VOCATIONAL PROGRAMS. A REVIEW OF RECENT STUDIES LED TO NO CONCRETE EVIDENCE OF THE VALUE OF ANY NONACADEMIC SUBJECT OVER OTHER SUBJECTS IN HOLDING POWER. PUBLISHED STATEMENTS AND PERSONAL CONTACTS WITH A REPRESENTATIVE NUMBER OF EDUCATORS INDICATED THE POSSIBILITY THAT INDUSTRIAL ARTS COULD HAVE HOLDING POWER. AN INDUSTRIAL ARTS PROGRAM CAN BE STRUCTURED TO SERVE ALL STUDENTS. PROPOSALS ARE--(1) A BROAD GENERAL SHOP PROGRAM SHOULD BE IMPLEMENTED IN JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOLS, (2) GENERAL SHOPS IN HIGH SCHOOLS SHOULD BE ADEQUATE SO THAT ALL WHO DESIRE CAN ENROLL, (3) UNIT SHOPS SHOULD BE ESTABLISHED WHERE STUDENTS' NEEDS JUSTIFY THEM, (4) ADEQUATE FUNDS SHOULD BE PROVIDED, AND (5) A STATE SUPERVISOR OF INDUSTRIAL ARTS SHOULD BE APPOINTED TO SEE THAT THESE PROVISIONS ARE CARRIED OUT IN EACH DISTRICT. (EM)
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Identifiers: WEST VIRGINIA