The higher the social class of other students the higher any given student's achievement.
In every school, more boys wanted to be remembered as a star athlete than as a brilliant student.
A child's learning is a function more of the characteristics of his classmates than those of the teacher.
There are many examples in high schools which show something about the effects such competition might have.
Schools are successful only insofar as they reduce the dependence of a child's opportunities upon his social origins.
Children from a given family background, when put in schools of different social compositions, will achieve at quite different levels.
If we refuse to accept as inevitable the irresponsibility and educational unconcern of the adolescent culture, then this poses a serious challenge.
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.
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.
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.