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The New Mentors


by Thomas Evans 2000

Although we have a tendency to lay blame on our public schools for the current state of American education, a plausible case can be made for another major contributing factor, as well. Over the past decades, there has been a diminution in the number of caring adults who pay attention to our children. We were once a mentoring society; we are not now. In the past few years, a surge of new mentors has emerged, however, rising from programs sponsored by business, community and national organizations. This influx may make a difference, but the new mentors, though numbering in the millions, presently fall far short of filling the mentor gap. This article, through in-depth vertical analyses of four case studies, attempts to probe the question of what mentors do to enhance education and the school and career readiness of mentees.


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 102 Number 1, 2000, p. 244-263
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 10365, Date Accessed: 3/22/2017 6:17:30 PM

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  • Thomas Evans
    The Mentor Center
    Thomas W. Evans is National Director of The Mentor Center, an educational consulting firm located in Bal Harbour, Florida. He has served as an Adjunct Professor of Education and Administration at Teachers College, where he was also Chairman of the Board of Trustees. In 1983, he founded MENTOR, a program in which law firms provide mentors for high school students, which grew to 22 states, involving as many as 50,000 students annually. His books include The School in the Home (1973) and Mentors: Making a Difference in Our Public Schools (1992).
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