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Full-Service Schools: A Revolution in Health and Social Services for Children


reviewed by John Puckett 1995

coverTitle: Full-Service Schools: A Revolution in Health and Social Services for Children
Author(s): Joy G. Dryfoos
Publisher: Jossey-Bass Publishers, San Francisco
ISBN: 078794064X, Pages: 310, Year: 1994
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After twelve years of well-intentioned, hard-fought, and often frenetic efforts to fix America's public schools, there is an emerging consensus among reform-minded educators and local citizen groups, health and social welfare experts, and leading scholars that the schooling system cannot succeed, let alone significantly contribute to the positive futures of inner-city and poor rural youth, without a major infusion of collaborative health and social services that address the specific needs of children and adolescents from disadvantaged communities. Those needs are often painfully expressed and amplified in the "new morbidities" of substance abuse, unprotected sex, stress, school failure, and violence. As Joy Dryfoos, an independent researcher and writer on educational and health issues for youth, states in a path-breaking new book, Full- Service Schools, "The cumulative effects of poverty have created social environments that challenge educators, community leaders, and practitioners of health, mental health, and social services to invent new kinds of institutions" (p. xv). Dryfoos describes and ardently advocates the social movement to create "full-service schools," which has been... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 96 Number 3, 1995, p. 584-590
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 62, Date Accessed: 12/16/2017 7:33:58 PM

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