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James S. Coleman

The higher the social class of other students the higher any given student's achievement.

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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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A child's learning is a function more of the characteristics of his classmates than those of the teacher.

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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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Schools are successful only insofar as they reduce the dependence of a child's opportunities upon his social origins.

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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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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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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 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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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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