THE CULTURALLY DEPRIVED CHILD by Frank Riessman

THE CULTURALLY DEPRIVED CHILD

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KIRKUS REVIEW

This study and report on the culturally deprived or ""disadvantaged"" child, the one out of three, has been based on extensive work by the Chairman of the Department of Psychology at Bard College, and it has been directed toward teachers, psychiatrists and psychologists and all social practitioners working with underprivileged groups. With the admitted, regrettable evidence of discrimination against them by teachers, as well as the limitations of current teaching approaches and materials, Professor Riessman analyzes what education means to this group (there is a different but equal motivation); the positive as well as negative aspects of their home environment- the ""extended"" family group which offers security and protection; and at some length the limitations of I.Q. testing and the factors which hamper the deprived child and do not indicate a lesser aptitude. An illustrative case history of one exceptional teacher, and of the program-the Demonstration Guidance Project- Higher Horizons, shows what has been and what can be done and there are some further remedial suggestions. As designated for a professional market, an important book particularly in urban areas where this problem is more prevalent.

Publisher: Harper