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The success of our schools performing its primary functions of teaching educating and socializing the young is predicted on regular school attendance Truancy is rated among the major problems facing schools today Garry 1996 Schools in some larger cities have reported absenteeism rates as high as 50 percent per day Allen-Meares 2004 The issue of truancy compromises schools primary function and places our young people at risk According to the Bilchik truant students have the potential to lead a lifetime of unemployment crime and incarceration Garry 1996 Truancy is often a symptom of a deeper problem Typically students who become chronic truants and poor achievers are usually members of families of low socioeconomic status Allen-Meares 2004 Students who are of a low socioeconomic status may inhibit a home environment that is less likely to be conductive for learning There are many influences on truancy Some of the possible influences are directed towards families that do not value education education background of primary care taker lack of parental involvement inadequate social support from the family negative relationship with parents broken family poor academic achievement child unhappy at home peer-group pressure and students being bullied Allen-Meares 2004 DuBois Eitel Felner 1994 and Lin McBride 1996 When students are not in the classroom they are missing out on valuable learning time When one-fourth of all students miss almost one day a week there is a problem with poor achievement The absent student cannot learn effectively and the rest of the class will probably lose learning time when the teacher slows the pace to allow them to catch up Truant students are not only affecting their own education but also possibly affecting their classmates education For many students poor achievement is just the beginning of how truancy is impacting them Other implications of poor achieving truants include low self-esteem confusion resentment and demoralization Allen-Meares 2004 There are school social workers equipped to help teachers understand the environmental
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