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ERIC Number: ED021892
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1967-Apr
Pages: 5
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Some Children are Convinced, They Can't Win.
Eisenberg, Leon
Southern Education Report, v2 n8 Apr 1967
Social class differences affect a student's academic achievement but do not particularly affect his intellectual potential. Adult judgement of intelligence is based upon observation of the student's behavior and his performance on standardized tests. This behavior is in turn affected by the student's motivation, background experience, and attitudes. The lower-class child comes to school with a feeling of personal inadequacy and because he lacks the language skills and general academic know-how necessary in formal learning situations, he inevitably fails. Thus, there is perpetuated a cycle of frustration and failure in which the child's academic deficits become cumulative. The experiences of a Baltimore Head Start Project have shown that for the cycle to be broken these children require a continuous enrichment program with warm, varied, active, and flexible teachers. It is important, moreover, that the worthwhile aspects of the lower-class child's own culture not be destroyed in the educational process, and that the school recognize his language and learning styles. (LB)
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Identifiers: Maryland; Maryland (Baltimore); Project Head Start