ERIC Number: ED402524
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995
Suffer the Children...and They Do.
Taylor-Dunlop, Korynne; Norton, Marcia
There has been a long-standing national concern about students considered to be at-risk. This paper explores the problem in a high school in the greater metropolitan New York area, focusing on female students in grades 9 to 12, and makes recommendations as to how school officials and parents can help these students. Three elements of the school must be considered when studying at-risk students: (1) the school culture; (2) the curriculum; (3) and a caring community. These students, many who lack support from home, need help in interpreting the life they are living. Since it is likely that adolescents' world views correlate with the world views of the adults in their lives, it should be realized that adolescent peer groups generate a sense of identity by drawing on adult institutions. For at-risk students with little or no parental involvement, the members of the educational community are the key players in teaching students to study their own lives. Adolescents need positive experiences that promote personal and social growth. Some of the recommendations made here include: schools need parents as active participants, schools must set up mentoring programs to engage all students, and schools must remove impediments to school membership and academic engagement. (RJM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Note: For related documents, see CG 027 436-438.