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ERIC Number: ED206781
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1981-May
Pages: 43
Abstractor: N/A
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A "Normalized" Educational Alternative for High-Risk Youth: Description and Rationale of the Boys Town Urban Program.
Gilg, James E.; Greenspan, Stephen
This paper describes an alternative approach to educating high risk youth, developed in Omaha, Nebraska, and known as the Boys Town Urban (BTU) Program. The BTU Program includes four components: (1) a normalized school setting; (2) a concretized credit system; (3) a focused discipline policy; and (4) a responsive services approach. A rationale for the program is developed in this paper by demonstrating how each of the four components is intended to achieve three important outcomes: (1) increased likelihood of school completion; (2) enhanced self esteem; and (3) diminished alienation. Finally, the paper discusses some of the issues which might be faced by educators interested in implementing this alternative educational model in other communities. These issues include private vs. public operation, finances, teacher qualifications, program evaluation, and program adaptability. A bibliography of relevant materials is attached. (Author/APM)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Nebraska (Omaha)