ERIC Number: ED422070
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997
Our Nation's Kids: Is Something Wrong? An Issue Book for National Issues Forums.
Hinds, Michael deCourcy
Noting that a majority of adults believe something is fundamentally wrong with America's current moral climate, this booklet presents a framework for discussing the issue of troubled youths. The booklet presents three approaches, or choices, for addressing the problem: greater parental focus on children's needs; social partnerships in responsibility for raising children; and provision of moral discipline by families and social institutions. The issue of seemingly untroubled youths also getting into trouble is raised along with these approaches. Each of these approaches is examined in detail, providing checklists of points in favor and opposing each one. The choices are then compared in a single summary of broad issues and according to their handling of a case study of teenage vandalism. This booklet was prepared in anticipation of a National Issues Forum; the nature and value of these forums is discussed, and a pre-forum ballot is included that surveys readers for their opinions on this issue. (JPB)
Descriptors: Adolescents, Antisocial Behavior, At Risk Persons, Behavior Problems, Change Strategies, Comparative Analysis, Delinquency, Delinquency Causes, Delinquency Prevention, Moral Values, Parent Child Relationship, Social Attitudes, Social Environment, Social Influences, Youth Problems
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Charles F. Kettering Foundation, Dayton, OH.
Authoring Institution: Public Agenda Foundation, New York, NY.; National Issues Forums, Dayton, OH.