ERIC Number: ED447229
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2000-Jul
Youth in 2010: Trends and Policy Implications.
Lerman, Robert I.; Riegg, Stephanie K.; Aron, Laudan
For most young people, living standards are increasing, educational opportunities are expanding, and job opportunities in high-level occupations are rising. Other aspects of the economic context have worsened, however, and social problems persist. Marriage rates have plummeted, and child poverty is higher than during the late 1970s. Some of the negatives are becoming less serious, and recent trends give hope for the future of U.S. youth. This report presents a profile of young people today and expected future trends from several perspectives. Separate chapters deal with demography, education, crime, delinquency and at-risk behaviors, health, and employment status. A final chapter discusses selected policy implications drawn from the emerging trends. A look at the education of U. S. youth shows that levels of formal education continue to increase. Only 12% of today's young adults lack a high school degree or equivalent, and well over half have attended college. Hispanic youth still experience high dropout rates, with nearly 40% lacking a high school diploma. The proportion of all graduates receiving a full high school diploma has declined in recent years as more young people obtain a high school equivalency certificate. The bachelor's degree completion rate has inched up modestly in recent years, remaining quite low for Black and Hispanic youth. Youth from low-income families are much less likely to attend college than others, but for highly qualified students, the gap is small. A look at the future shows that the youth population will be more diverse socially, ethnically, and economically. Policies must do more to prevent dropping out of high school and reduce risky behaviors by adolescents and young adults. (Contains 23 tables, 8 figures, and 55 references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Employment and Training Administration (DOL), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Urban Inst., Washington, DC.