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ERIC Number: ED315208
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-Mar
Pages: 13
Abstractor: N/A
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Preventing Dropout Runaways.
Kalinke, Wilbur F.
This presentation describes dropout facts and prevention methods based on nationwide interviews with dropout runaways. Potential dropout runaways might be labeled the "distracted ones." They have trouble concentrating in a typical classroom situation as they are distracted by events that happened at home or that might happen after school. Such events might include domestic violence, neglect, or physical, emotional, or sexual abuse. The cost to the nation of dropout runaways is fourfold: (1) they drop out of school before they learn acceptable marketable skills; (2) their potential contributions to society are lost; (3) they resort to unacceptable illegal means of survival; and (4) they drain the resources of educational, social, health, and correctional agencies. Survival is the primary goal of these youth in crisis. Only if school and education are seen as a high priority for survival will they sustain concentration and block their distractions. Direct-contact educators can make the difference. This report outlines: (1) 40 common characteristics of dropout runaways, (2) the choices such youth might make for survival, (3) warning signs that a youth is about to run, and (4) 40 possible actions an educator might take as preventive or remedial techniques. Workshop materials include case histories of dropout runaways and how their lives turned out, and specific instructions to guide educators in developing relationships with such youth. (SV)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Information Analyses; Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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Note: In: Education and the Changing Rural Community: Anticipating the 21st Century. Proceedings of the 1989 ACRES/NRSSC Symposium. See RC 017 257.