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3 > Image 3 of Kentucky farm and home science, vol. 5 No. 1 winter 1959

Part of Kentucky Agricultural Experiment Station

_ Factors other than finances ~ Kentuck Rural ... .- tl 1 - - . A,_ IIIIPOI dll Ill y0Il IS CCISIOIISA Q tlllCOI1Ilty Slll`Vy IV31S 1. Y ouths u1t Schoo . l By E. GRANT YOUMANS . , . A recent studyl was made of the factors influencing A A " A. _ . A A A _ Q 1 e - Kentucky rural youths to drop out of school. A total _ , .' _ ~ ` A . ~ . ; >... . .V- ___.... ; ``''` ` _ of 480 mothers and 439 youths age 16 and 17 in Butler, _ A V , A _ __,_ AAA. L., .,`-.. ~ - ** * r __ . . . . . _. ___A_. __;,;;;:.;:-5>-*>-1-*5 ' " _ J T Metcalfe and Elliott counties were interviewed. Thev ..__._.; ...; xw->>-l~ A , . .. .; = v were asked tuestions about their economic condition, , , 1 _ ~ . F ` i 1 ;.:*.~Z-):lIsY s- . . about their educational beliefs and values, and about . " "T`iY ,_,__,_ /-- A ; '-4` ~`` #>}Li~i * .- .. ,2 r .__ " 1 F ~i school and work life, ;,, A AAA , _ ; ` A . A z V .A "wu A More than one-third of the boys and girls 111 the BA A ;__ - .. 2} study had dropped out of school. In Metcalfe countv A l Y Y`? lr 54 percent of the 16- and 11-year-old youths had quit _ _ ` 3 T __._ . ...i 2. '`ll Z e` .." '`l * Y ..; Z`- tr *` PM, school. In Elliott countv 32 percent had dropped out. . -._..... ...; gl er .r. . ..V s;A;`*<*= ' . . . ..:.2 .rr. . ~ -- . " { ` . A I11 Butler county 2-1 percent had discontinued their ,_ : ..,,. .1 * .=: = J? / = iyx . s , A r. . - enizezis formal schooling. It is probable that other similar gs.:,A.*.,1`-L"*j_.3; ,A_ .- -..'__,\;"> .?,,_jar, gg}? !.`Z '.".-.*9-._. ,,* US" -g .*,,4y3r_7..r-~ .4., _,. ~4 * A. ; A " * Kentuck rural counties have an e uallv large mimber 4 O . . . . This survey showed that youths who were active in school of youth who have not completed high school. _ . . . . . . . _ _ A A A activities tended to continue their formal education. The evidence 11] this study indicates that once a We youth quits school, he has little inclination or motiva- A AA A AAA A A _ A A A A AA A_tA . . . of ieo)>o1 ie; ow i Ol ber of conclusions as to why rural Kentucky youth S _l_A l lll ll " U _ L _ ( li __ _.- 5 (AAAAA ACAAAAOA about this; A key to the possible SOlllllOll ol tll( 4 "` problem is indicated by the findings of this study. Economic Condition of Family M . . . . . . . . Mothers Belief in Educotion 'lhe -180 families were divided llltl') two grou is of or ` I M1 1 1 1 1 equal number, the poorer and the ibetter-off families. l l` llllll ll* _"ll` ll*_ Cl *l lllllll )"l lll lll"*lllll* .- Almost one-half of tl1e youths from the poorer families llllfllll lll"ll` lll`ll*'l$ lll llllllllll "llllC*lll"ll rl lll`ll` l`l" hAA(l (h_()pP(_Ad out of School; only 0n(_Hfth of thc youths SPOHSCS \\(]`( ]`(l2_\l_`((l $Iglll{`lCL1lltly t() tllll SCll()()l 1tlt(ll(l- A {mm the