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Creating the Dropout: An Institutional and Social History of School Failure


reviewed by Harvey Kantor 1997

coverTitle: Creating the Dropout: An Institutional and Social History of School Failure
Author(s): Sherman Dorn
Publisher: Praeger Publications, Westport
ISBN: 0275951758, Pages: , Year: 1996
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The subtitle of Sherman Dorn's new book on the history of school dropouts is somewhat misleading. Strictly speaking, it is not an institutional and social history of school failure. Except for one chapter on long-term demographic trends, the book does not explore historical patterns of school attendance, promotion, and graduation among different groups of students. Nor, as Dorn himself acknowledges at the outset, does the book examine the kinds of school practices or the social and economic conditions around schools that made for school failure and led some students to drop out. That would be a valuable study, but it still awaits its historian. Instead, Dorn explores another set of equally interesting questions. Why, he asks, have we come to view dropping out as a social problem in the first place? In particular, why has dropping out come to be seen as a crisis issue, despite steady growth in the proportion of students graduating from high school? And how have our views of this problem... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 99 Number 1, 1997, p. 210-213
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 10267, Date Accessed: 6/28/2017 5:06:15 PM

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