Absentee Children A Study of the Diagnostic Classification of Families Referred to the Casework Units, Bureau of Attendance, Board of Education, New York City, September, 1959 – June, 1962.
Compulsory education is an inseparable and vital element of our nation's democratic ideals. Democracy and education in America are essential to one another. Like links in a chain, if one is weak the chain is weak. "Democracy is more than a form of government : it is also an attitude of mind, a prevailing set of assumptions about individual and group rights and duties. The individual , it is believed, should have freedom and opportunity to develop his full potential as a person and as a citizen without regard to differences in religion, race, class or sex. But he is also a part of a community, that is of a group of people living in organized association who have responsibility for one another’s welfare. The goal of education, in general terms, is the realization of the values relating to the individual and society which are inherent - in a democracy." In our modern world of urbanization and industrialization, education is no longer the family affair it was in earlier days. The family is still the smallest and closest social group - the basic unit of our society. It maintains its particular affectional function and it continues to be primarily involved with tasks of caring for its children, for their survival and optimal development, and of insuring socialization in interest of the group. Nevertheless, concomitant with the technical changes and resultant mobility of the population, has come the isolation on of the nuclear family from the extended family. The contemporary family therefore has found a major source of guidance and support in the development and acculturation of its children greatly reduced. It followed that parents had to turn more and more to external social institutions for help and consultation in this area.
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Hughes, Helen A, "Absentee Children A Study of the Diagnostic Classification of Families Referred to the Casework Units, Bureau of Attendance, Board of Education, New York City, September, 1959 – June, 1962." (1963). ETD Collection for Fordham University. AAI30670786.