ERIC Number: ED151111
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977
Reference Count: 0
Rural Youth in the USA: Profile of an Ignored Minority.
Kuvlesky, William P.
Emphasizing the fact that rural youth in the U.S. are heterogeneous in their values, backgrounds, cultural heritages, and aspirations, this paper cites literature and studies which indicate that within the last 10 years rural youth have become more alike than different from their urban counterparts in values, attitudes, life goals, and mobility expectations even though their capabilities are unquestionably poorer than those of urban youth. Summarizing conclusions derived from recent studies which indicate this phenomenon is the result of environmental disadvantages (comparatively poorer schools, cultural activities, medical services, housing, social services, etc.), this paper presents a prioritized list of changes needed to improve life chances and human resource development among rural youth. That list includes the following: development of a high priority national policy aimed at improving education, training, and counseling services for rural youth; initiation of massive Federal and state investments in education in deprived rural areas for equalization purposes; development of more adequate, cooperative, working linkages between levels of government, educational institutions, and special professional groupings; re-evaluation/modification of the objectives, programs, and practices of adult-led youth organizations serving rural areas, e.g., 4-H; instigation of changes in local educational structures which impede development of rural youth, e.g., narrow vocational curricula; and the involvement of parents with youth in career and educational development. (JC)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Agency Cooperation, Career Planning, Change Strategies, Comparative Analysis, Curriculum Development, Educational Needs, Federal Government, Financial Support, Literature Reviews, Occupational Aspiration, Organizations (Groups), Parent Participation, Rural Education, Rural Urban Differences, Rural Youth, State Government, Synthesis
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Department of Agriculture, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Texas A and M Univ., College Station. Texas Agricultural Experiment Station.
Note: Revision of a paper presented in the "Rural Youth: Resource or Burden" Seminar of the World Congress of Rural Sociology (4th, Torun, Poland, August 1976); For related document, see ED 128 155