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A child's learning is a function more of the characteristics of his classmates than those of the teacher.
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As an example, one of the schools I have been studying is too small to compete effectively in most sports, but participates with vigor each year in the state music contests.
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Children from a given family background, when put in schools of different social compositions, will achieve at quite different levels.
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Conversely, in a predominantly lower-class school, standards prevail that are oftentimes antischool and that are oriented toward lack of performance or low performance in school.
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Cultural dominance of middle-class norms prevail in middle-class schools with a teacher teaching toward those standards and with students striving to maintain those standards.
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For to change the norms, the very foci of attention, of a cultural system is a difficult task - far more complex than that of changing an individual's attitudes and interests.
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Grades are almost completely relative, in effect ranking students relative to others in their class. Thus extra achievement by one student not only raises his position, but in effect lowers the position of others.
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I'd propose that each central-city child should have an entitlement from the state to attend any school in the metropolitan area outside his own district - with per pupil funds going with him.
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If we refuse to accept as inevitable the irresponsibility and educational unconcern of the adolescent culture, then this poses a serious challenge.
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In a high school, the norms act to hold down the achievements of those who are above average, so that the school's demands will be at a level easily maintained by the majority.
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In every school, more boys wanted to be remembered as a star athlete than as a brilliant student.
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It is clear from all these data that the interests of teenagers are not focused around studies, and that scholastic achievement is at most of minor importance in giving status or prestige to an adolescent in the eyes of other adolescents.
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It is one thing to take as a given that approximately 70 percent of an entering high school freshman class will not attend college, but to assign a particular child to a curriculum designed for that 70 percent closes off for that child the opportunity to attend college.
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One obvious solution is to substitute interscholastic (and intramural) competition in scholastic matters for the interpersonal competition for grades which presently exists.
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Particular individuals who might never consider dropping out if they were in a different high school might decide to drop out if they attended a school where many boys and girls did so.
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Schools are successful only insofar as they reduce the dependence of a child's opportunities upon his social origins.
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The educational resources provided by a child's fellow students are more important for his achievement than are the resources provided by the school board.
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The higher the social class of other students the higher any given student's achievement.
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The history of education since the industrial revolution shows a continual struggle between two forces: the desire by members of society to have educational opportunity for all children, and the desire of each family to provide the best education it can afford for its own students.
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The present structure of rewards in high schools produces a response on the part of an adolescent social system which effectively impedes the process of education.
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The results indicate that heterogeneity of race and heterogeneity of family educational background can increase the achievement of children from weak educational backgrounds with no adverse effect on children from strong educational backgrounds.
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The same process which occurs among prisoners in a jail and among workers in a factory is found among students in a school.
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There are many examples in high schools which show something about the effects such competition might have.
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