Educational Policies for Urban Youth

EducationalPolicies for Urban Youth


Dynamicsof Educational Policy and Practice for Urban Aboriginal

EarlySchool Leavers


AlbertaCentre for Child, Family and Community Research

Theaim of the study was to find out the problems urban Aboriginal youthsof Alberta are facing that make them leave school early and the waysto address the problems. Besides, the study was meant to find out ifa lack of cohesion is reflected in this group of learners.


Thepopulation under investigation, in this case, was the rejected urbanyouths of Alberta. The research was carried out to find the possiblecauses of early school dropouts. In the study, various methodologieswere employed in collecting data. Education policy makers conductedinterviews in different schools within the city of Alberta andcollected some data. Policy documents and practice initiatives wereused as well (Diane, 2009).


Thefollowing findings were found out to be the causes of early schooldropouts in the city of Alberta. I) Coding and labeling of thestudents

ii)Lack of support for students

iii)Working with alternative definition of success

iv)No involvement in decision-making

Thesefindings were analyzed in correspondence with educational policydocuments. The report highlighted the outcomes that were found out byvarious stakeholders such as the community and policy makers. Thecommunity organized for workshops to determine the cause of earlyschool leavers in the city. Labeling of the native urban youths ofAlberta was one of the issues that were addressed.


Fromthe study, it was noted that the native urban youths learners weregiven labels. It is important to point out that for a student todevelop a passion for learning he or she must be motivated. Codingand Labeling discourage learners. They develop a negative attitudetowards learning. The educational policy makers found out thatmajority of the urban youths who drop out of school are usuallydiscouraged. They feel humiliated when given labels. Similarly, itwas realized that racism had taken roots in schools.

Besides,in schools, teachers should understand each learner’s behavior. Itis crucial for teachers to identify the strengths of each student. Bydoing so, teachers can be able to support the weak students. It wasfound out in the study that most of the students ran out of schooldue to lack of support. They lose hope in academics. They feelrejected by the teachers.

Likewise,the study showed that some of the learners do not understand why theyare in school. Some of them are there to pass the time. They do nothave a clear definition of success. They believe that it not a mustto be in school for one to succeed.

Lastly,from the research, it was found out that the native urban youths ofAlberta who are schooling are not involved in decision making. Theyfeel ignored by the society. They have a feeling that being in schoolis captivity. The school environment is not learner friendly. Theeducational policy makers realized that learners drop out of schoolso that they can go out and find freedom.

Thestrength of the research was that it was able to find out the reasonas to why the disenfranchised Aboriginal urban youths of Alberta dropout of school at an early age. The downfall of this study was that itwas not able to come up with fast solutions to the problems.

Theresearch advance the social work profession in that it gives anopportunity for individuals to come up with views or ideas for thegood of the education system in the city of Alberta. The researchalso addressed the issue of diversity. In the recommendation, it isseen that the policy makers are urged to consider those students whoare experiencing difficulties in their lives after dropping out ofschool.

Inconclusion, it is evident from the article that education in Albertaif facing a lot of problems that need to be addressed as soon aspossible. The education system of Alberta is going to be affectedcompletely if preventive measures are not put in place. Besides, fromthe research, it is evident that educational policy for urban youthshas played a very significant role in finding out the factorsinfluencing education in Alberta. The education in Alberta is a truereflection of what is happening in some schools.


Thearticle highlights a given school in Alberta City. The school isconnected with students who face difficulties in learning theyexperience racism and are homeless. Additionally, the articleexplains how the students lack understanding in their lives. Thereport is based on the experiences of teaching and learning aboutlearners and teachers. It elaborates how teaching is a learningprocess that is supposed to transform an individual to fit thesociety. Finally, the article looks on how poor Aboriginal studentsare disenfranchised in schools. Majorly the article is ultimatelyconnected to youths who have not been served well by schools.


Diane, W. (2009). Dynamics of educational policy and practice for urban Aboriginal early scholl leavers. Alberta Centre for Child, Family and Community Research, 1-10.