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ERIC Number: EJ1068857
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2003
Pages: 3
Abstractor: As Provided
Suburban Myths
Knight, Elizabeth C.
Afterschool Matters, n2 p57-59 Spr 2003
Elizabeth C. Knight left the suburbs to major in English at Boston University. Knight currently lives in New York City and works for an afterschool program that deals primarily with inner city youth. Having grown up in an affluent neighborhood, Knight dispels many of the myths centered around growing up in beautiful, safe, wealthy suburbs, saying that suburban kids often go home to a house that is empty for days on end, and are not seen as neglected. Alcohol and drugs were not considered problems because they were the norm in the affluent suburb where she was raised. Here she writes that the money-equals-happiness theory may have a ring of truth to it, as money buys food, a roof over our heads, and a million luxuries. However, the concept that much more money brings much more happiness is not always true. Knight argues in favor of much needed afterschool programs by saying that no matter what their financial background, kids are kids. They all need to be heard and understood. They all require attention, guidance, positive role models and meaningful activities under the supervision of caring adults.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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