ERIC Number: ED433922
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1999
Reference Count: N/A
The State of Our Nation's Youth, 1999-2000.
Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans, Inc., Alexandria, VA.
This report details findings of a national questionnaire survey of the attitudes and plans of American adolescents. Participating were 1,327 students between 14 and 18 years of age in a nationally representative sample. To permit regional comparisons, the questionnaires were mailed to representative households within each of the nine United States Census regions. The report summarizes findings "at a glance" in 11 categories: (1) schools; (2) student environment; (3) courses important for future success; (4) attitudes; (5) opportunities; (6) effort and grades; (7) role models; (8) family relationships; (9) outside activities; (10) top career choices; and (11) the future. The report then provides discussion of the survey findings under the following headings: (1) "The American Dream"; (2) "A Sense of Opportunity"; (3) "Viewing the World around Them"; (4) "Their Future"; (5) "Continuing Their Education"; (6) "Their Future Careers"; (7) "Marriage and Children"; (8) "Public versus Private [Schools]"; (9) "Grades"; (10) "Course Ratings"; (11) "Safety and Security"; (12) "Discipline"; (13) "Teachers' and Administrators' Caring and Concern"; (14) "Their Lives Outside the Classroom"; (15) "The Effect of Household Income"; (16) "Family Life"; (17) "A Role Model in the Family"; and (18) "The Effect of Teen Employment." Among the findings, the report notes that most youth indicated that they are positively connected to family and school and continue to view parents as significant sources of support. When asked to assess their schools, most teenagers provide ratings of"A" or "B." The average amount of time spent on homework appears to be on the decline, and the proportion of students who always feel safe in school dropped to 37 percent from 44 percent in 1998. Participation in extracurricular activities is down to 77 percent from 82 percent in 1998. The report includes 35 data tables. (EV)
Descriptors: Adolescent Attitudes, Adolescents, Aspiration, Attitude Change, Career Choice, Discipline, Extracurricular Activities, Family Life, Family Relationship, High Schools, Interests, Marriage, National Surveys, Parent Child Relationship, School Attitudes, Sex Differences, Social Attitudes, Student Attitudes, Student Motivation, Tables (Data), Well Being, Work Attitudes, Youth Problems
Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans, Inc., 99 Canal Center Plaza, Alexandria, VA 22314. Tel: 703-684-9444; Fax: 703-548-3822; e-mail: HoratioAA@aol.com; Web site:
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans, Inc., Alexandria, VA.
Note: For 1998-1999 report, see ED 424 923.