ERIC Number: ED404385
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995
Reference Count: N/A
Postsecondary Employment and Education Status of Inner City Youth: Conventional Wisdom Reconsidered. Publication Series 95-14.
Stull, William; Goetz, Michael
This report provides statistical evidence that presents a picture at variance with the conventional portrayal of inner city youth. Using data from a national longitudinal study of high school students, the High School and Beyond survey, the study shows that young people display more resilience than they are usually given credit for. Comparison of the employment and education profiles of inner-city and non inner-city students over a 6-year time period beginning with the second semester of the high school sophomore year shows that inner city youth get off to a slow start in comparison with their noninner city counterparts with respect to certain broad measures of labor market and school success, but then catch up to a significant degree in the early years after high school. These results do not support the conventional wisdom that predicts irreversible and increasing despair among inner city adolescents as they leave high school and enter the "real world." Dropouts tend to return to school, and the unemployed tend to find jobs. (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Research Center on Education in the Inner Cities, Philadelphia, PA.