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NCJ Number: 149344 Find in a Library
Title: Undereducation in America: The Demography of High School Dropouts
Author(s): D Waggoner
Date Published: 1991
Page Count: 257
Sponsoring Agency: Auburn House
Westport, CT 06881
Publication Number: ISBN 0-86569-043-X
Sale Source: Auburn House
88 Post Road West
Westport, CT 06881
United States of America
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study provides data on youth who are out of school without high school diplomas ("undereducated" youth) in the 50 States and the District of Columbia.
Abstract: Information on the undereducation of youth living in urban and rural areas within the States is from the published volumes of the 1980 census. The data are analyzed for all racial/ethnic groups separately and are also interpreted for youth with monolingual English-speaking backgrounds and those with non-English language backgrounds. Data are analyzed for youth from families with incomes above and below the poverty level. The study concludes that U.S. education is failing all kinds of youth. It is failing minority and poor youth, who are disproportionately out of school without the minimum education required for entry into employment and responsibility as adult citizens. It is also failing middle-class white majority youth. Of youth who are out of school without high school diplomas -- at least 4.2 million at the latest count -- more than half are native- born, non-Hispanic whites living in homes in which only English is spoken. A large proportion of the undereducated are from families with incomes above the poverty level. Being a member of a minority group or being poor greatly increases the risk that a young person will be undereducated, and minorities are more likely to be poor. The author advises that the extent to which demographic trends will determine the future numbers and composition of the population of undereducated youth through the end of this century depends on the extent to which genuine efforts are made to restructure schools and to help the at-risk groups -- minorities and the poor -- to overtake their more advantaged classmates. 21 figures, 87 tables, chapter notes, a 42-item bibliography, and a subject index
Main Term(s): Juvenile educational services
Index Term(s): Juvenile delinquency factors; School dropouts
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