ERIC Number: ED425275
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998
The Forgotten Half Revisited. American Youth and Young Families, 1988-2008.
Halperin, Samuel, Ed.
The 10 papers in this report review what the United States has accomplished for late-adolescents and young adults in the past decade since publication of "The Forgotten Half." The consensus from the 15 authors is that many developments have not been encouraging. "Today's Forgotten Half: Still Losing Ground" (Samuel Halperin), a review of demographic and economic data, paints a generally discouraging picture of noncollege youth losing ground on a host of social and economic indexes. "Public Opinion and the Youth of America" (Daniel Yankelovich) sees the balance among important trends shifting toward the negative in education, governmental responses, moral values, and public attitudes toward youth. "The Changing American Family" (Carol Emig) examines how conditions and circumstances have changed for the American family. "Communities: Powerful Resources for America's Youth" (Martin J. Blank, Carol Steinbach) highlights initiatives at the community level that are of positive consequence for improving the lives of The Forgotten Half. "Youth and School Reform: From the Forgotten Half to the Forgotten Third" (Jack Jennings, Diane Stark Rentner) reports that more students do not end their education after high school, but those left behind face a bleaker future. "Postsecondary Education: Student Success, Not Just Access" (Lawrence E. Gladieux, Watson Scott Swail) argues the key to success is completion of postsecondary studies. "Preparing Youth for the World of Work" (Thomas Bailey, Vanessa Smith Morest) concludes that no strategy or policy change has caused a broad, consistent national movement. "Ten Years of Youth in Service to America" (Shirley Sagawa) focuses on development of service opportunities for students and young people. "Reflections on a Decade of Promoting Youth Development" (Karen Pittman, Merita Irby) offers suggestions to strengthen the insights and thrust of the youth development movement. "On the Horizon: America's Youth Face the New Century" (Harold Howe II) describes two main tasks to complete the youth agenda. A summary of the report is included. (YLB)
Descriptors: Adolescents, College Bound Students, Community Programs, Demography, Education Work Relationship, Educational Change, High Schools, Noncollege Bound Students, Postsecondary Education, Public Opinion, Public Policy, School Community Programs, School Community Relationship, Service Learning, Student Participation, Young Adults, Youth Employment, Youth Opportunities, Youth Problems, Youth Programs
American Youth Policy Forum, 1836 Jefferson Place, NW, Washington, DC 20036-2505 ($15; summary: $2).
Publication Type: Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Walter S. Johnson Foundation, Menlo Park, CA.; Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, Kansas City, MO.; Annie E. Casey Foundation, Baltimore, MD.; Grant (W.T.) Foundation, New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: American Youth Policy Forum, Washington, DC.
Note: For a related document, see ED 300 580.