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Education Working Paper
No. 4  January 2004


Sex, Drugs, and Delinquency
in Urban and Suburban Public Schools

What the Press Said:

The Myth of the Wholesome Suburban High School by Jay P. Greene and Greg Forster, The Hartford Courant, 1-29-04
Let vouchers help special-education students by Jay P. Greene And Greg Forster, Rocky Mountain News, 1-11-04

New urgency to talking sex with teens
Contra Costa Times (subscription), CA - Jan 17, 2005
Parents need to get a clue about teens, 'hooking up'
Baltimore Sun (subscription), MD - Jan 16, 2005
Helping youth foundation for economic growth
Elkhart Truth, United States, 9-17-04
Economic and youth development must go hand in hand
Evansville Courier & Press, IN, 9-17-04
Denial feeds drug scene in suburbs
San Francisco Chronicle, 5-9-04
The Suburban Jungle
Atlantic Monthly, May 2004
Youth, Community, and Character
Intellectual Conservative, AZ, 4-5-04
Youth, Community, and Character
Men's News Daily, CA, 4-3-04
Youth, Community, and Character
Opinion Editorials, United States, 4-3-04
High school problems have no boundaries
The Florida Times-Union, 3-31-04
Suburban youth are no better behaved
Final Call, IL
Student-athlete reverses near-fall
Indianapolis Star, IN
Suburban Youths Are No Better Behaved
Sacramento Observer, March 17, 2004
Lawmakers Honored as ‘Champions for Student Success’
US Newswire
A Tough, But Visionary, Testing Ground
Education Week
Suburbs no sure thing for safety
Pioneer Press
Talk tackles sex dangers for teens
The News Press
Sex, drug use increasing among teens
Tri Valley Herald
The Best Education In The Biggest Cities
Forbes
Study: Suburban teens at risk
Tulsa World
Report a shocker to suburban parents
Oklahoma City Oklahoman
Rocky Mountain News
Cleveland Plain Dealer
WKYC-TV Cleveland
Surprise! Teens get into trouble in suburbs too
Chicago Tribune
Teen trouble, close to home
Tennessean
Report: Suburbs not safe havens for teens
Houston Chronicle
Suburban kids just as wild as city ones
The Oakland Tribune (Oakland, CA)
Suburban kids just as wild as city ones
Alameda Times-Star (Alameda, CA)
Study: Sins not just in city
The Argus (Fremont, CA)
City, suburban student behavior similar
Centre Daily Times
Suburban kids will be kids
San Mateo County Times (San Mateo, CA)
Study: Teens alike no matter where you live
Tri-Valley Herald (Pleasanton, CA)
Suburban high schools no safer, study says
The Tennessean, TN
Suburban kids' behavior mirrors urban students'
Detroit News, MI
Report: Students Will be Students
WXIA-TV, GA
Report: Suburban schools not safe havens
CNN
Suburbs don't shield teenagers
AZ Central.com
Suburbs don't shield teenagers
Arizona Republic, AZ
Report: From sex to drugs, student behavior similar in cities
Sioux City Journal, IA
Parents fleeing city for more wholesome environment won't find it
WorldNetDaily
City, Suburban Student Behavior Similar
Atlanta Journal Constitution, GA
Report: Kids are the same everywhere
MSNBC
City, Suburban Student Behavior Similar
Montgomery County Record, PA
City, Suburban Student Behavior Similar
Guardian, UK
City, Suburban Student Behavior Similar
WCIV, SC
City, Suburban Student Behavior Similar
KATV, AR
City, Suburban Student Behavior Similar
ABC News
City, Suburban Student Behavior Similar
Newsday
City, Suburban Student Behavior Similar
Tuscaloosa News (subscription), AL
City, Suburban Student Behavior Similar
Aberdeen American News, SD
City, Suburban Student Behavior Similar
Wilkes Barre Weekender, PA
City, Suburban Student Behavior Similar
Columbus Ledger-Enquirer, GA
City, Suburban Student Behavior Similar
WJLA, DC
City, Suburban Student Behavior Similar
Macon Telegraph, GA
City, Suburban Student Behavior Similar
Wichita Eagle, KS
City, Suburban Student Behavior Similar
Duluth News Tribune, MN
City, Suburban Student Behavior Similar
Fort Worth Star Telegram, TX
City, Suburban Student Behavior Similar
Kansas City Star (subscription), MO
City, Suburban Student Behavior Similar
The Ledger, FL
City, Suburban Student Behavior Similar
Wilmington Morning Star, NC
City, Suburban Student Behavior Similar
Fort Wayne Journal Gazette, IN
City, Suburban Student Behavior Similar
Grand Forks Herald, ND
City, Suburban Student Behavior Similar
Biloxi Sun Herald, MS
City, Suburban Student Behavior Similar
Times Daily, AL
City, Suburban Student Behavior Similar
Centre Daily Times, PA
City, Suburban Student Behavior Similar
Miami Herald, FL
City, Suburban Student Behavior Similar
Fort Wayne News Sentinel, IN
From sex to drugs, student behavior similar in cities, suburbs
AZ Central.com

 

 


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WHAT THE PRESS SAID

SUMMARY:
Parents reflexively believe that suburban public schools provide children with safer and more wholesome environments than their urban counterparts. This report finds that the comforting outward signs of order and decency in suburban public schools don’t reflect real student behavior. Using hard national data on high school students, this report by Manhattan Institute Senior Fellow Jay P. Greene and Senior Research Associate Greg Forster finds that urban and suburban high schools are virtually identical in terms of widespread sexual activity and alcohol use. Additionally, about 40% of 12th graders in both urban and suburban schools have used illegal drugs, and 20% of suburban 12th graders and 13% of urban 12th graders have driven while high on drugs. Both types of students are about equally likely to engage in other delinquent behaviors such as fighting and stealing.

TABLE OF CONTENTS:

Executive Summary

About the Authors

Acknowledgements

About Education Working Papers

Introduction

Previous Research

Method

Results

Sexual Activity

Substance Use

Delinquency

Conclusion

Endnotes

References

Tables

 


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