The Ambitious Generation: America`s Teenagers, Motivated but Directionless

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Contrary to prevailing notions, today`s teenagers are the most ambitious generation yet. But they are also misdirected and often feel alone and very alienated. The authors of this landmark study of 7000 teenagers offer practical, specific advice about how parents and teachers can better direct and support adolescents in their efforts to achieve their dreams of success.

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Presenting a surprising portrait of American youth that contrasts with the conventional image of Generation-X slackers, this significant study finds that U.S. adolescents today are much more ambitious than teens of previous eras. More adolescents than ever expect to graduate from college, earn graduate degrees and become well-paid doctors, lawyers, judges, engineers, professors, architects, athletes or business executives. Yet their collective expectations are not reasonable, the authors assert, because they outstrip the projected number of such jobs in the year 2005. Schneider, a University of Chicago sociology professor, and Stevenson, senior adviser in the U.S. Department of Education, base their conclusions on the Alfred P. Sloan Study, a five-year national research project that tracked more than 8000 adolescents in the 1990s; the authors also analyzed major studies of youth from the 1950s through the 1980s. Compared with the 1950s generation, today's teens have fewer long-lasting friendships and spend more time alone; many remain in college more than four years, instead of leaping into marriage, parenthood and (for males) the working world directly after high school, as '50s teenagers did. Straightforward and accessible, the book provides a useful roadmap for parents and teachers who want to help students match their abilities and resources to educational opportunities and the job market. This worthwhile report should spark national debate and discussion.
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Although todays is the most ambitious generation of adolescents yet, the authors of this book suggest that schools and parents are failing to channel these ambitions toward successful ends. Surprised by the 1988 U.S. Department of Educations longitudinal study A Profile of the American Eighth Grader, which showed that large numbers of teenagers in this country expect to go to college and work as professionals, Schneider, a professor of sociology at the University Chicago and senior social scientist at the National Opinion Research Center, and Stevenson, a senior advisor to the deputy secretary of education, followed the ways in which these ambitions wereor were notrealized. Using case studies and well-documented discussions, the authors cite the failure of families, high schools, and colleges to engender aligned ambitions in students, helping them to see which educational pathways are most consistent with their dreams. An interesting coincidence is the recent publication of The Harvard Entrepreneurs Club Guide to Starting Your Own Business (Wiley, 1999), a how-to manual for hopeful young entrepreneurs.Ellen Gilbert, Rutgers Univ. Lib., New Brunswick, NJ
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