ERIC Number: ED483335
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Jan
Reference Count: 22
Sex, Drugs, and Delinquency in Urban and Suburban Public Schools. Education Working Paper 4
Greene, Jay P.; Forster, Greg
Center for Civic Innovation
Parents reflexively believe that suburban public schools provide children with safer and more wholesome environments than their urban counterparts. This report finds that the comforting outward signs of order and decency in suburban public schools don?t reflect real student behavior. Using hard national data on high school students, this report by Manhattan Institute Senior Fellow Jay P. Greene and Senior Research Associate Greg Forster finds that urban and suburban high schools are virtually identical in terms of widespread sexual activity and alcohol use. Additionally, about 40% of 12th graders in both urban and suburban schools have used illegal drugs, and 20% of suburban 12th graders and 13% of urban 12th graders have driven while high on drugs. Both types of students are about equally likely to engage in other delinquent behaviors such as fighting and stealing. Appended are 34 tables.
Descriptors: Secondary Education, High School Students, Suburbs, Urban Areas, Student Behavior, Public Schools, Substance Abuse, Delinquency, Sexuality
Center for Civic Innovation at the Manhattan Institute for Policy Research, 52 Vanderbilt Avenue, New York, NY 10017. Web site: http://www.manhattan-institute.org.
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Manhattan Inst., New York, NY. Center for Civic Innovation.