ERIC Number: ED348434
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991
The Emerging Crisis: Current and Projected Status of Children in the United States.
Davis, William E.; McCaul, Edward J.
This paper synthesizes data from recent reports about the well-being of U.S. children and youth, policies and proposals for enhancing at-risk children's quality of life, critical questions about the impact of these policies and proposals on all children and their families, trade-offs needed if proposed policies to assist disadvantaged children and families are implemented, the projected impact of education reform proposals on educationally disadvantaged populations, and recommendations for policymakers, educators, advocates, and researchers. The following sections are provided: (1) introduction; (2) current status of children in America; (3) the population of educationally disadvantaged youth; (4) educational indicators (the dropout problem); (5) major indicators of educational disadvantage (poverty, race/ethnicity, living in single-parent families, educational level of mother, non-English- or limited-English proficiency, or special education); (6) trends in indicators of physical health of children (mortality trends, lack of prenatal care, health insurance coverage, accidental injuries, violent injuries and deaths, and child abuse); (7) trends in indicators of children's mental health (drug and alcohol use, juvenile crime, fertility-related behavior, and emotional well-being of children and adolescents); (8) homeless children and lack of affordable housing (effects on schooling, the National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty Report, and improving access to schooling); (9) child labor violations; (10) synthesis of major findings; (11) perspectives and recommendations (awareness of the problem, need to confront myths and negative attitudes involving the disadvantaged, specific policies and actions, early intervention, preparing for the 21st century and changing conceptions of schooling, and parental involvement); and (12) concluding perspectives. Included are 10 figures and 162 references. (RLC)
Descriptors: Children, Disadvantaged Youth, Economically Disadvantaged, Educationally Disadvantaged, Elementary Secondary Education, English (Second Language), Futures (of Society), High Risk Students, Low Income Groups, Minority Group Children, Population Trends, Potential Dropouts, Poverty, Public Schools, Social Indicators, Social Problems
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Maine State Dept. of Education, Augusta.
Authoring Institution: Maine Univ., Orono. Inst. for the Study of At-Risk Students.