ERIC Number: ED311526
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989
Reference Count: 0
When I Was Young I Loved School: Dropping Out and Hanging In.
Sheffield, Anne, Ed.; Frankel, Bruce, Ed.
Thirteen teenage editors of "Children's Express" investigated the dropout crisis by talking with teenagers who had quit school, with those who had returned to give it a second chance (back-to-schoolers), and with others who were fighting at all odds to hang in there (hangers-in). Hundreds of youth from five American cities--Newark, Boston, Kansas City, Dallas, and Oakland--were interviewed. Informal and tape-recorded discussions were conducted with groups of students as well as teachers and administrators who were chosen spontaneously. Out of thousands of pages of transcripts, 23 voices were selected to speak for the rest. This book contains five parts concerning respectively: (1) dropouts; (2) runaways; (3) back-to-schoolers; (4) hangers-in; and (5) the beginners, the principal, the teacher, and the young Bronx entrepreneurs. The point of view of the book is that the crisis in the schools is a societal rather than simply an educational issue. Children must resist incredible outside pressures just to remain in school. The sensitive attitudes of students, teachers, and administrators across the country reflected in this book reveal the problem far more humanly than the statistics can suggest. (SI)
Descriptors: Administrator Attitudes, Dropout Attitudes, Dropout Characteristics, Dropout Prevention, Dropout Research, Elementary Secondary Education, National Surveys, Runaways, Student Attitudes, Teacher Attitudes, Youth Programs
Meckler Books, 11 Ferry Lane West, Westport, CT 06880 ($9.95).
Publication Type: Books; Reports - Research; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Primerica Foundation, Greenwich, CT.
Authoring Institution: Children's Express Foundation, Inc., New York, NY.