Educational Administration, Leadership, and Research
Crack made its debut in the United States during the late 1980's. No one thought about the enormous impact that one illegal drug could have, but crack has dramatically increased the number of drug addictions in this country. Even more traumatic is that there are many children suffering today from the effects of the crack that their mothers used while pregnant. The oldest crack-exposed children are now approaching school-age. A concern for the educators of our country is that disagreements exist concerning what abilities these children do or do not possess and what can or can not be done for them. The questions are many and the answers are few. It is known that children exposed to crack suffer from physiological and neurological side-effects which may interfere with classroom performance. Intervention by educators, medical personnel, and the community is necessary to help these children lead productive lives.
Family, Life Course, and Society | Other Education
Kirkham, Michelle, "The Prenatal Use of Crack Cocaine: How it Affects Children and How Schools Can Respond" (1995). Mahurin Honors College Capstone Experience/Thesis Projects. Paper 16.