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ERIC Number: ED142532
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977-Mar
Pages: 14
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High School Graduates of the Stormy 1960's: What Happened to Them?
Sturges, Allan W.; And Others
A followup study of high school students graduating in 1970 from Cleveland, St. Louis, Los Angeles, and Edmonton (Alberta) area schools, investigated protest activity involvement during high school and present political/social activities and concerns. Educational targets of student unrest at the time are indicated as being (1) curriculum relevance, (2) instructional methods, (3) student civil rights, (4) personal treatment, (5) societal civil rights, and (6) teacher indifference to social ills. Attitudes of various categories of students toward the educational process are discussed: the majority (who viewed school in a lackluster way), those who viewed it as a center for social activities, those who were intellectually motivated and college directed, and those who saw the school system as an extension of political and social control. Common attitudes from all these groups were (1) school was a place to act and conform, (2) out-of-school activities were more relevant to social and political maturation, (3) curriculum was generally irrelevant and uninteresting, (4) the amount of student choice-making was minimal and generally related to the social status of the student, and (5) teachers were generally insensitive to the needs and feelings of students. Based on trends in the ensuing years of survey participants' lives, it is summarized that student activists of that time: (1) tend to be presently more politically active; (2) agree more with educators than the general public on the importance of emphasizing basic skills, career development, moral education, and teacher inservice; and (3) value independence and personal motivation more than nonactivists. (MJB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference, Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (Houston, Texas, March 19-23, 1977)