Altered Destinies: Making Life Better for Schoolchildren in Need

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Palgrave Macmillan, Apr 15, 1999 - Education - 336 pages
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In Altered Destinies, Gene Maeroff poses important questions about what is needed to equalize the tremendous imbalance between the education received by middle to upper class children and the education received by lower class children. He argues that, in addition to greater financial investment in their schools, lower class children must possess a strong support system--what he refers to as "social capital"--which emphasizes four areas: a sense of connectedness, a sense of well-being, a sense of academic initiative, and a sense of knowing. Maeroff builds a compelling case for how and why the concept of social capital will make a difference in the effort to improve opportunities for disadvantaged schoolchildren.

 

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Contents

INTRODUCTION SOCIAL CAPITAL FOR SCHOOLCHILDREN IN NEED
1
LINKING STUDENTS TO SCHOOLS
23
LINKING COMMUNITIES TO SCHOOLS
40
LINKING ACTIVISM TO SCHOOLS
56
LINKING HOMES TO SCHOOLS
71
THE SCHOOL AS COMMUNITY CENTER
91
AN ARRAY OF HEALTH SERVICES
107
THE EMOTIONAL AND PSYCHOLOGICAL CLIMATE
120
GREAT EXPECTATIONS
191
ENGAGING STUDENTS
211
PROVIDING A KNOWLEDGE BASE
229
ENHANCING WHAT STUDENTS KNOW
244
ATTAINING SOCIAL COMPETENCE
254
ENLISTING THE HOME
271
CONCLUSION LOOKING BACK LOOKING AHEAD
290
Notes
307

DEVELOPING HUMAN POTENTIAL
137
A FOUNDATION FOR ACHIEVEMENT
161
THE PROMISE OF A BETTER FUTURE
176

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About the author (1999)

Gene I. Maeroff is Director of the Hechinger Institute on Education and the Media at Teachers College, Columbia University. He is also the author of The School Smart Parent. He lives in Princeton, NJ.

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