ERIC Number: ED360438
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Jun-9
Reference Count: N/A
The View from New York City's Crack-Plagued Neighborhoods.
The educational outlook for children of school age in low-income minority neighborhoods of New York City is discussed, drawing primarily on the researcher's observations in a field study in Central Harlem. The decline the neighborhoods have undergone is summarized; and the role of drugs, especially crack, is discussed. Some opinions of residents are reviewed, and the effects of a deteriorating physical and socioeconomic environment on school-age children and their families are considered. The experiences of three residents, an adult male, a young adult male, and a young mother, are recounted. These respondents were chosen because of the emphasis they placed on schools or education in interviews with the researcher. Recurrent in their remarks are a high level of frustration, the frequency of parental abandonment, perpetuation of social patterns, lack of discipline, peer pressure, and estrangement from community and school. Some policy recommendations are made to improve the situation through a fuller use of the school and its resources. In a "Marshall Plan" for cities, schools could play the roles of islands of stability and act as tutorial villages with services for children and families. Contains 50 references. (SLD)
Descriptors: Black Community, Case Studies, Children, Crack, Disadvantaged Youth, Educational Change, Educational Policy, Elementary Secondary Education, Family Environment, Field Studies, Low Income Groups, Minority Groups, Neighborhoods, Social Attitudes, Urban Problems, Urban Schools, Urban Youth
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: New York (New York)