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ERIC Number: ED049344
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971-Mar
Pages: 16
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The Social System: Contributor or Inhibitor to the School Drop-Out.
Curley, Theodore J.; And Others
In September 1969, a study of dropouts was initiated in the Quincy, Massachusetts public school system. The aims of the research were to determine actual numbers of students leaving school prior to graduation; to analyze factors involved in the decision to leave school; to compare dropouts with a random sample of non-leavers; and to follow up leavers to assess their progress and retrospective attitudes toward school. School leavers tended to belong to the lower class; have an increased absentee rate; have more academic difficulty and failure; be kept back; and be more negatively evaluated by their teachers. While it would appear that the leaver made his own decision in most cases, interviews revealed that leavers and their parents were given the choice of "orderly withdrawal or suspension," and they selected "orderly withdrawal." Parents also discussed futile efforts to have the child's program altered, resulting in increased disinterest in school. Most were unemployed and retrospectively regretted or questioned their decision to leave school. (Author/DM)
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Note: Prepared for presentation at the Meeting of the American Orthopsychiatric Association, Washington, D.C., March 21-24, 1971