Magazine article Vocational Education Journal

Outlook for Generation X

Magazine article Vocational Education Journal

Outlook for Generation X

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The teaching of "life skills" to secondary students requires knowledge of the lives of young people and the societal trends that predict the kind of adult world they will join after high school.

Probably every young generation claims that it goes through unprecedented turmoil and angst while making the passage to adulthood. Is today's group of teens and twenty-somethings facing an even more dire situation, what with all the media reports of increasing violence, dysfunctional families, drug use, poor job prospects and general hopelessness among that age group? Here's a look at what's happening from the National Center for Education Statistics, a U.S. Department of Education group that recently released the study "Youth Indicators 1993, Trends in the Well-Being of American Youth."

BABY BUST

Between 1955 and 1975 the proportion of young adults 14 to 24 increased from 15 to 21 percent. The number peaked in 1979 at just about 20 percent and has been declining since. There now are about 92 million Americans age 24 and under. That number is projected to increase to 96.8 million by the year 2000.

SINGLE MOMS ...

Teen pregnancy remains a problem in the United States. Births among whites 15 to 19 have steadily increased since 1960--to about 30 babies per 1,000 unmarried women. The rate flattened in 1990 for minority women in the same age group--to about 90 births per 1,000. In the U.S., France and the United Kingdom, about 25 percent of all infants were born to unmarried women in 1988. Only Denmark had a higher rate than those countries--45 percent.

... AND THEIR KIDS

In 1992, nearly a quarter of U.S. children lived in single-parent families compared with only 11 percent in 1970.

Total Number Number in Pct. in` of children single-parent single-parent` Year under 18 households households` ` 1950 42. …

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