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In our swiftly changing society there are new terms emerging everyday. One such term is "culturally disadvantaged child." It has only been within the past few years that Americans have begun to recognize the urgency and complexity of the problem in educating disadvantaged children.

The designation of cultural deprivation should not be equated with any particular ethnic group, but should be defined in terms of characteristics of the individual and/or the characteristics of his environment. The disadvantaged child comes from a family with an annual income of less than $3000. There exists a high level of unemployment forcing a reliance on welfare benefits. Housing and sanitary conditions are below standard; and living space is usually inadequate. The level of education is extremely low. An attitude of despondency is prevalent.



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