ERIC Number: ED174877
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Nov-16
Reference Count: 0
Coping With Personal and Situational Barriers to the Educational Goals of Nonwhite Youths in Florida.
Abraham, A. A.
Situational and personal barriers to the educational goals of nonwhite youths in Florida appear to be caused by a variety of subtle and complex factors deeply rooted in the environment of the youths: (1) cultural determinism; (2) attitudes of resistance and antagonism on the part of white teachers and counselors; (3) lack of information on the part of nonwhite teachers and counselors; (4) failure of blacks to acquire needed cognitive skills; (5) unavailability of high level curriculums in segregated or predominantly black schools; (6) inadequate guidance service; (7) delayed or deferred decision making; and (8) lack of intelligent, aggressive concern by many black families. To help young blacks, teachers and counselors must recognize diversity as a genuine characteristic of blacks. Parents must take more responsibility for children's discipline and teacher cooperation. Black counselors must encourage black students to think more seriously about linking short-range activity and long-range goals. Faithful application of these strategies would greatly expand educational opportunities for nonwhite youth, thereby enabling them to more readily take advantage of such personally, educationally and economically rewarding time-shortened degree tools as the CLEP, early admission, advanced placement, and others. (Author/BEF)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Meeting of the Florida Personnel and Guidance Association (Orlando, Florida, November 16-18, 1978)