ERIC Number: ED410694
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Aug-21
Reference Count: N/A
Here Come the Teenagers: A Back to School Report on the Baby Boom Echo.
Department of Education, Washington, DC.
The increasing number of young people filling U.S. classrooms will be a defining feature of American education for years to come. This report, which includes a message from U.S. Secretary of Education Richard W. Riley, describes the impact of the rising number of young people and gives special attention to the large number of teenagers who comprise the "baby boom echo." The report makes the following points: (1) there may be no short-term problem of rising enrollment; (2) the majority of young people who make up the baby boom echo will be teenagers; (3) states are meeting the challenge of overcrowded schools with varying success; (4) some research has linked student achievement and behavior to physical building conditions and overcrowding; (5) teacher standards cannot be lowered in times of higher enrollments; (6) a new consensus much be formed to that all citizens see their local schools as "centers of community"; and (7) rising high school enrollments will eventually have a profound impact on higher education. Sidebars highlight the effects of overcrowding in high schools across the nation. Appendices contain brief descriptions of innovative strategies at high schools in Florida, New York City, Texas, and California; 6 figures, 2 maps, and 10 tables. (LMI)
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Department of Education, Washington, DC.