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In America, at this point in history, the institution primarily responsible for meeting the needs of young people and helping them adapt to the world is the:
a) family. b) schools. c) church. d) government.
The “traditional” American family–a father who is the primary breadwinner, a mother who stays at home, and two school-aged children now makes up what percentage of the households in the United States?
a) About 5% b) About 25% c) About 50% d) Slightly more than 65%
Which of the following statements best describes the implications for teachers of the changing American family?
a) Because both parents work in many families, more children are affluent, so they come to school better prepared to learn. b) Parents spend more time working away from home now than before so teachers need to be flexible in reaching out to families. c) Parents are better informed about school activities now so they are more involved in school activities than in the past. d) Education has become politically important so parents tend to be more active in school policy than they have in the past.
Children who return to empty houses after school and who are left alone until parents arrive from work are best described as:
a) resilient children. b) children placed at risk. c) children of poverty. d) latchkey children.
Of the following, what is the most accurate approximation of the percentage of students who are sexually active by the time they finish high school?
a) 10% b) 25% c) 50% d) 65%
Of the following, which percentage most accurately describes the number of sexually active teenage girls who have contracted at least one form of sexually transmitted disease?
a) 10% b) 25% c) 50% d) 65%
According to national polls, which of the following statements best describes parents’ attitudes toward sex education?
a) The vast majority of parents are opposed to sex education of any kind in the schools. b) A majority of parents are opposed to sex education, except for discussions of the biology of reproduction. c) A slight majority of parents favor sex education in schools. d) The vast majority of parents favor sex education in schools.
According to research surveys, which statement best describes the experiences of homosexual students in schools? Homosexual students experience:
a) a much higher incidence of harassment than do students in general (over 90% of gay students report hearing anti-gay comments) b) an incidence of harassment similar to that of heterosexual girls (about 80% having experienced some form of harassment). c) less harassment than heterosexual girls but more than heterosexual boys. d) a level of harassment similar to students in general, since many of their peers don’t know that they’re homosexual.
Of the following, which statement most accurately describes the characteristics of students most likely to use alcohol and other drugs?
a) High achievers are more likely to use because they are more involved in extracurricular activities where most drug use occurs b) Low achievers are more likely to use because drug use is associated w/other risk factors like low-SES and family instability. c) High achievers are more likely to use because school is boring for them and they look for an outlet for their energies. d) Average achievers are more likely to use because they don't have special programs for them and they get lost in the shuffle.
Of the following factors, which is rated highest by parents and other taxpayers in a list of concerns about school quality?
a) School safety b) Qualifications of teachers c) Student access to technology d) High student standardized-test scores
Which of the following most accurately describes trends in school violence since the mid 1990s?
a) School violence has dramatically increased, and it is now one of the most important problems facing schools. b) School violence has increased slightly, but steps are being taken to reduce it. c) The amount of school violence has remained approximately the same over this time period. d) School violence has decreased and students are at greater risk of violence outside of schools than within schools.
In a survey of middle school students, what percent reported being bullied in their school?
a) 10% b) 25% c) 50% d) 85%
Automatic suspensions that result from school disruptions, evidence of alcohol or other drug use, or bringing weapons to school are most commonly labeled:
a) school safety programs. b) school-wide security programs. c) zero-tolerance policies. d) drug-education programs.
Of the following, which best describes the percentage of middle school students who report that they have been victims of cyber-bullying?
a) 10% b) 25% c) 50% d) 80%
Of the following, what is the most commonly voiced criticism of zero-tolerance policies? Zero-tolerance policies are ineffective because:
a) it is impossible to implement them consistently and uniformly. b) they don’t discriminate between major and minor offenses (such as a first grader being suspended for kissing a classmate). c) it is virtually impossible to catch and convict the perpetrators of the most serious violations. d) they are very unpopular with parents and other taxpayers.
Of the following, which statement most accurately describes the likelihood of students who live in poverty dropping out of school compared to their more affluent peers?
a) Children of poverty are less likely to drop out of school, because they realize that education is the only way out of poverty b) Children of poverty and their more affluent peers are about equally likely to drop out of school. c) Children of poverty are about twice as likely to drop out of school as are their more affluent peers. d) Children of poverty are five times more likely to drop out of school than are their more affluent peers.
Of the following, low SES parents tend to place the greatest emphasis on:
a) autonomy and initiative. b) affiliation and sensitivity. c) achievement and independence. d) conformity and obedience.
According to research, the most effective intervention for increasing the achievement of students at risk is to:
a) increase the number of assignments and quizzes given. b) increase the number of A’s and B’s given. c) slightly relax the standards for classroom management and discipline. d) give the students more opportunity to respond to written materials, such as worksheets.
Of the following, which most strongly contributes to the development of resilience?
a) The nurturing of a caring adult. b) A variety of experiences in the preschool years c) Positive identity with cultural attitudes and values d) An instinctive desire to succeed
Which of the following is not an accurate description of effective instruction for at-risk students?
a) It emphasizes how to learn as well as what to learn. b) It stresses the importance of student responsibility and self regulation. c) It simplifies the curriculum and makes it easier. d) It provides greater structure, support and feedback than might be provided for student not at risk.
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