ERIC Number: ED336237
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Nov
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The Importance of Dropout Prevention and Education in Breaking the Cycle of Poverty.
Ebert, Constance C.
This paper based on one dropout prevention specialist's experience in working with at-risk students, discusses the need for comprehensive and collaborative efforts to meet the special problems of these children. Various national and state statistics underscore the growing cost to society for the failure to fully educate those students who are at risk of dropping out. The Regional Education Service Agency in North Central West Virginia conducts a Dropout Prevention Program, which serves many underachievers who have already established a pattern of failure and low expectations. These students often live in poverty and face various family problems. Merely providing students with information on risk-taking behaviors appears to have little effect on their behavior. However, some successes are seen when students begin to see that the dropout prevention specialist cares about them, and they begin to care about what the specialist is trying to teach them. Through increased federal support of programs for at-risk youth, the schools and communities can and must meet the total needs of disadvantaged children. Efforts must be comprehensive in nature, providing preschool programs for all disadvantaged children, transitional first grade classes, non-graded elementary schools, middle schools structured around interdisciplinary teaching teams, and alternative learning programs for unsuccessful high school students. Ending the cycle of poverty and dependency will take collaborative efforts linking schools and the community to form a network of support. (KS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
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Identifiers: Appalachia; West Virginia
Note: Paper presented at the Conference on Appalachia (Lexington, KY, November 6-7, 1990).