School Dropouts

Archive Report

Campaign to Keep Children in School

Many children soon to be let out of school for the summer will not go back to their desks next autumn. Past the age when they are required by law to attend classes, they will join the ranks of the dropouts—teenagers who have not finished high school and who in a great number of cases are not able to find jobs.1 Because they are idle and often emotionally unstable, these boys and girls are all too likely to get into trouble.

Anxiety over the presence of large numbers of poorly educated, unemployed youths in the community, particularly in slum neighborhoods, has led to the development of various strikingly new programs in the public schools—programs which are designed to awaken the ...

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