ERIC Number: ED038201
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969
Reference Count: 0
Louisiana's Children of the Fields.
Junkin, William J., Jr.; Faser, Patricia F.
Louisiana, like other agricultural states, has long known the cyclic demand for large numbers of seasonal farm workers. These migrant workers are being replaced by machines, except during harvesting of crops which resist mechanization (e.g., strawberries). Families migrate to Louisiana to pick berries. Due to this influx of educatables, the local school systems are unable to meet the needs of the migrant children. To determine the number and location of the migrant children in the summer of 1968, the state's teachers and the Louisiana State Department of Education conducted a survey of migrant farmers and their families. Some 3600 contacts with individuals and agencies throughout the state were made; as a result, 296 families were interviewed, totalling among them 1069 children. Of this total, 730 were defined as migrants. Church groups and local school systems have developed migrant programs which attempt to meet the unique needs of the migrant children. However, the thin dispersion of the children presents a problem in designing educational services such as the proposed pilot project on computer assisted instruction in reading. (AN)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Louisiana State Dept. of Education, Baton Rouge.