ERIC Number: ED320988
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990
Reference Count: N/A
Female Dropouts: The Challenge. Women's Educational Equity Act Publishing Center Digest, March 1990.
Women's Educational Equity Act Publishing Center Digest, Mar 90
This digest is the first in a series of quarterly publications about topics related to educational equity, which will also include reviews of related resources. Its main article examines the adverse lifetime consequences for females of dropping out from school. Women who fail to complete high school are penalized both by their lack of education, which is the fundamental key to employment; and by the still prevalent myth that men are the primary source of income for most families, even though 67 percent of American women work and 60 percent of those working women are either supporting families or are part of households where the husband's yearly earnings are less than $15,000. Women from poor families must overcome an especially difficult set of obstacles to successfully complete school. Despite the advances made in the past 30 years, schools are still primarily oriented towards the white, male student; females are denied teacher attention, socialized to be cooperative rather than aggressive, exposed to low expectations, and not provided pregnancy and childcare services that could increase the chances for young mothers to remain in school. Schools and teachers can help lower the female dropout rate by providing a bias-free educational environment that ensures that females achieve the same level of educational and economic opportunity as males. The second article, "WEEA Materials Key to Dropout Prevention for Girls," reviews seven publications that can be directly applied to the educational needs of females. (FMW)
Descriptors: Dropout Characteristics, Dropout Prevention, Dropout Research, Education Work Relationship, Equal Education, Females, High Schools, Literature Reviews, Low Income, Serials, Sex Bias, Sex Fairness
Women's Educational Equity Act Publishing Center, 55 Chapel Street, Newton, MA 02160.
Publication Type: Collected Works - Serials; Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Women's Educational Equity Act Program (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Education Development Center, Inc., Newton, MA.