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The Unacknowledged Disaster

Youth Poverty and Educational Failure in America


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Bruce J. Biddle
    Pages 1-17
  3. Bruce J. Biddle
    Pages 19-57
  4. Bruce J. Biddle
    Pages 59-103
  5. Bruce J. Biddle
    Pages 105-149
  6. Bruce J. Biddle
    Pages 151-175
  7. Bruce J. Biddle
    Pages 177-228
  8. Bruce J. Biddle
    Pages 229-265
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 267-317

About this book


The Unacknowledged Disaster concerns two huge and closely-tied but widely ignored problems that plague the U.S. On the one hand, America tolerates a massive amount of youth poverty, while on the other, youth poverty is the major social factor generating failure in the country’s education. (More than one-fifth of American youths are now impoverished–a poverty rate far worse than those for American adults or the elderly and more than twice the size of youth poverty rates in other advanced nations–and poverty generates most educational failure effects in the U.S. often assigned to such factors as student race, broken homes, and the supposed failures of teachers and school administrators.) These problems have been studied extensively, and the tragedies they create are well known to scholars, but they are often misrepresented, misunderstood, or unacknowledged by far-right advocates, media figures, policy makers, and those concerned with serious problems that now beset the United States. This book reviews evidence concerning these problems and their dire effects, discusses ineffective or tragic outcomes that result when these problems are ignored, assesses why these problems are so often unacknowledged in the United States, and sets forth clear, evidence-based policies that can reduce the disastrous scope of American youth poverty and its destructive effects in education.


education policy youth poverty

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.The University of MissouriColumbiaUSA

About the authors

Acknowledgments; Permissions; Chapter One An Elephant and an Enigma; The Elephant; The Enigma; The Task and the Context; Chapter Two Youth Poverty in America; Poverty and Its Assessment; The Scope of Youth Poverty; Which Youths Are Impoverished?; Findings and Implications; Chapter Three Youth Poverty in the Industrialized World; Youth Poverty and Its Effects in Advanced Nations; Why Are Youth Poverty Rates Lower Elsewhere?; Findings and Implications; Chapter Four Poverty in Homes and Educational Failure; Exploratory Surveys, Confusions, and a Strong Association; Causal Issues, Other Types of Research, and Additional Findings 115
Findings and Implications; Chapter Five Poverty in Neighborhoods and Educational Failure; Neighborhood Poverty and Its Effects; Findings and Implications; Chapter Six Poverty in Schools and Educational Failure; Student Poverty Concentration; Inadequate School Funding; Discriminatory Procedures; Findings and Implications; Chapter Seven The American Context, Strategies, and Tactics; The American Context; General Strategies for Action; Tactics for Reducing Youth Poverty; Tactics for Reducing Poverty Effects in Education; Concluding Thoughts; References; Name Index; Subject Index; About the Author.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title The Unacknowledged Disaster
  • Book Subtitle Youth Poverty and Educational Failure in America
  • Authors Bruce J. Biddle
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information SensePublishers-Rotterdam, The Netherlands 2014
  • Publisher Name SensePublishers, Rotterdam
  • eBook Packages Humanities, Social Sciences and Law Education (R0)
  • eBook ISBN 978-94-6209-521-2
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XIV, 317
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Education, general
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