ERIC Number: ED264313
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985-Jul
Reference Count: N/A
The Educationally Disadvantaged: A National Crisis. The State Youth Initiatives Project. Working Paper #6.
Levin, Henry M.
Available data reviewed in this paper suggest that at least 30% of elementary and secondary school students in the United States are educationally disadvantaged, and that the proportion will rise rapidly in the future. When these youth reach adulthood, their poor educational foundations will have deleterious economic and social consequences, including high rates of unemployment, low incomes, dependence on public assistance and higher rates of criminal involvement. The paper begins by describing the population of educationally disadvantaged students in terms of its composition, growth, and educational performance. Second, the consequences of ignoring the needs of these students are considered. Third, the failure of current national educational reforms to consider the needs of the educationally disadvantaged population is discussed. And, fourth, an agenda for addressing these needs is outlined. This agenda describes goal setting; accountability; resource allocation; and the responsibilities of government, parents and students, communities, schools and agencies, colleges and universities, and business and industry. (CG)
Descriptors: Cost Effectiveness, Educational Improvement, Educational Policy, Educationally Disadvantaged, Elementary Secondary Education, Labor Force, Outcomes of Education, Racial Factors, Socioeconomic Influences, State Action, Student Needs
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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Sponsor: Mott (C.S.) Foundation, Flint, MI.
Authoring Institution: Public/Private Ventures, Philadelphia, PA.