ERIC Number: ED028209
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1968-Sep
Reference Count: 0
IRCD Bulletin, Volume 4, Number 4, September 1968.
Gordon, Edmund W., Ed.
Although there is currently great emphasis placed on high school completion, it should be recognized that the credential value of the diploma has diminished over the past 59 years. The diploma has become the minimum prerequisite for a job but offers no surety of employment. The problem of the dropout is far more complex than whether or not he finishes the two years of schooling beyond the required attendance until the age of 16. Employability depends on a number of factors other than school completion--for example race, caste, socioeconomic status, health, and emotional stability. The extreme valuation which society places on the diploma "may also reflect widespread faith and vested interest in universal, free, compulsory education." Moreover, the high school diploma by itself cannot guarantee freedom from poverty and alienation. The document includes an extensive bibliography grouped under various headings. For the full paper of which this is an excerpt, see ED 021 888. (NH)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Urban Education, New York, NY.