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

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_ Factors other than finances ~ Kentuck Rural · ... .- tl » 1 - - . ·A,_ IIIIPOI dll Ill y0Il IS CCISIOIISA Q tlll°€€·COI1Ilty Slll`V€y I’€V€31S 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-):l‘IsY 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. '`l·l 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_ .- -..'__,\·;"’> .·?,,»_j‘·ar, gg}? !.`Z ·'.".-·.·*9·-._. ,,*· US" •-g .···*,,4y¤3r_·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)>o·1 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 l“l* “’_"ll` ll*_ Cl *l lllllll )"l lll ‘lll"*lll’ll* .- 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 $Iglll{`lCL1lltly t() tllll SCll()()l 1tlt(‘ll(l- A {mm the <—A)CAAA,A._0AA·~ AAAAAAAAACS had (Amt SCAAAAOAA Thus AA ance of the y()tI[l]S. Among the poorer families. those ·.A. vicious Circle IACALAAASA Lurgv AAAAAAAIAATS of boys Auld t11()tl1(`*1'$ \Vl1() l)(*l1t*\’(’(l 111 l()]`|1]{[l (·(l1|g11[*1()11 t(‘[](l(‘(l [(1 A AA from the poorer families are unable to take advantage lwflll lll“`ll` Cllllfllvll lll Scllllllli lllllsv Wlllllllll lllll llll‘ll` V a strong co11victio11 about the value ol formal educa- "l`l1e study was made jointly by the University ol Kentucky Depart- . O . . · .~. ment of llural Sociology and the Farin Population and ltural Lite llraneh. tl()ll t(‘ll(l(’(l l`() l(’t tll(‘ll` Cllll(lI`(‘l| (lI`()l) (Htl (tl SCll()()l. .-\MS, USDA. lt is one ol the studies being made i11 eonneetion with the ,` · . ~ . A llural Developiiient 1lI`U].{l’1llIl in llarniing areas. A eoniplete report ol tht- llll‘ lll()tll(*l`S l)(‘ll(‘lS 2ll)Olll (‘(lllCtltl()lI lll) (l()li|)l' l`(‘ll(‘(}l -1,, 1. study is in Kentucky .—\grieultural Experiinent Station Bulletin 664. "lCdu- eational .*`tllllHItlt‘ll[ and 1‘l\ll\lI`t‘ Plans of Kentucky llural Youths.`° by lf. . _ A_ (Irant Younians. ((lm|IIlltl('({ (Ht ])tl{i(' 1) Kl·ZN'l`l1CK\' Fsnsr Asn lloxni S<:11·:NC12—\V1N*1·1c1t 1959 8 IL