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Inadequate Interest and Resources for Youth’s Socialization


by Sharon L. Nichols & Thomas L. Good — June 28, 2004

The title of the widely cited 1983 report, A Nation at Risk, has proven to be accurate although not in the way the report specified. Our nation is not at risk because of students’ alleged poor academic performance. Our nation is at risk because it is inadequately socializing the most overstressed and undervalued members of society—American teenagers.


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: June 28, 2004
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 11340, Date Accessed: 12/14/2017 4:03:41 PM

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  • Sharon Nichols
    Arizona State University
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    Sharon Nichols will finish her Postdoctoral Research Fellowship at the Educational Policy Study Laboratory at Arizona State University during the summer of 2004 at which time she will assume her new role as Assistant Professor at the University of Texas, San Antonio. Her research interests include adolescent development and motivation, educational policy, and classroom processes. She is co-author of the recently released book (2004), America’s Teenagers—Myths and Realities: Media Images, Schooling, and the Social Costs of Careless Indifference published by Erlbaum.
  • Thomas Good
    Arizona State University
    Tom Good is a Professor of Educational Psychology at the University of Arizona. His research interests in the policy area include youth socialization and youth’s educational progress, especially in schools that serve high numbers of youth from low income families. He is the editor of the Elementary School Journal, and is the co-author of the recently released book (2004), America’s Teenagers—Myths and Realities: Media Images, Schooling, and the Social Costs of Careless Indifference published by Erlbaum.
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