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ERIC Number: ED269489
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986-Mar-20
Pages: 12
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Testimony to the State of New York Legislative Hearing on Dropouts.
Smith, Donald H.
This paper, which was presented as testimony at the State of New York hearing on dropouts, presents three causes for the high dropout rates of Black and Hispanic students and offers some solutions. It is noted that in large cities dropout rates range from as high as 50% to 70% among Blacks and Hispanics. The reasons cited for these high rates are: (1) personal and cultural dehumanization in the schools; (2) academic humiliation; and (3) drug addiction. These three problems are examined in some detail. Suggested solutions to the problem are given: (1) early childhood education; (2) implementation of effective schools programs; (3) curricula that are based on the cultural heritage of the affected ethnic groups; (4) academic vocational, interpersonal, and cultural counseling; (5) providing employment to students after graduation as an inducement to finish school; (6) education of the parents and community in order to provide a support network for the students; (7) assertion of political power in minority neighborhoods; (8) major financial commitment; and (9) prevention of drug abuse through education, and cutting off the availability of drugs. (CG)
Publication Type: Legal/Legislative/Regulatory Materials
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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