ERIC Number: ED030916
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1968-Nov
Reference Count: 0
Youth--How to Produce Drop-Ins Rather Than Drop-Outs. Research Resume Number 38.
The subject of youth in America lacks definition and young people are often given stereotyped labels. The reaction of others is frequently to the implied stereotype, rather than to young human beings. The life styles of youth involve questioning the Establishment and its goals, seeking to define the good life and working to create a better America. In doing so, many adopt life styles which differ from that accepted by the ordinary American middle class. Adult society calls attention to the drug scene, particularly in the legal sense, while continuing to overlook adult usage of other drugs having comparable effects. Sexual mores of young people are decried while older generations practice illegal sexual behavior. The radicalism ascribed to youth is actually a characteristic of a small percentage, the mood of most being apathetic. The institutions of society will have to become responsive to the individuality of young people and to allow the influence of youth to be a real force. Youth needs encouragement in seeking a sense of identity. They need to be met honestly in their search for answers to life-meaning for themselves and society. (AE)
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Authoring Institution: California Teachers Association, Burlingame.