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ERIC Number: ED441621
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Apr
Pages: 19
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Culture: The Fulcrum for Levers of Change.
Lawrence, Barbara Kent
Patterns of history and culture help define the path one finds acceptable and follows. In Tremont, Maine, out-migration coupled with the influx of summer visitors has helped create a culture that undercuts students' appreciation of their own abilities and diminishes their aspirations to postsecondary education. Maine students in the "high risk group" may experience cognitive dissonance if they seek higher education and succumb to the cultural pressure not to continue. However, educators can use the strengths of rural culture, the family, and community as levers of change to encourage students to pursue higher education and return to build the local economy and revitalize their communities. A community center could address many of the constraints on young people's aspirations by offering mentoring from community members, entrepreneurial education, job counseling and internships, parenting education and day care, and adult education programs that are also open to high school students. Sharing of local school facilities with the community would make these facilities more economical and bring together people of different ages. (Contains 37 references.) (Author/TD)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Maine