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ERIC Number: ED430281
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Dec
Pages: 20
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
The Social Promotion Epidemic.
James, Rhonda; Powell, Deidre
This paper responds to President Clinton's call for an end to social promotion. The article reports on a study that examined the effects of social promotion on students, looked at alternatives to social promotion, and investigated how teachers in a representative public school district perceive social promotion. Data were gathered from 46 questionnaires filled out by employees of a junior high school in southeast Texas. Most participants reported that they believed that social promotion was practiced in their school district. A majority of the participants did not believe that social promotion either benefited the student or improved self-esteem, and most of them did not endorse the practice of social promotion. Results suggest that social promotion does cause further academic deterioration, confirming earlier studies that showed that students who repeat one or more grades are more likely to drop out of school. Teachers, however, are pressured to pass students so as to alleviate the grade-age problem caused by retention. It is argued that merely abolishing social promotion will not solve the problem. Special programs must be provided for failing students, which means that the educational system as a whole must change its belief system that all children learn at the same rate. (Contains 15 references, 2 tables, and the questionnaire.) (RJM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Texas