Michael, John A.
December 1961
Public Opinion Quarterly;Winter61/62, Vol. 25 Issue 4, p585
Academic Journal
Each year America's high school seniors decide whether or not they will continue their education by attending college. Scholastic ability and family background together form the traditional foundation for analyses of college attendance. High schools can be classified in many ways. Classroom size, the number of pupils enrolled, the quality and size of the teaching and professional staff and differential emphasis on a general, academic or vocational curriculum are only a few of many possible characterizations of a high school. Each of these educational features contributes to the high school climate and either enhances or depresses the college-entrance rate of the seniors. School and community characteristics are highly correlated. Schools with desirable educational features are located in communities with more cultural facilities. One direct way in which a school affects its student body is to inflate or depress the level of scholastic ability. The inherent weakness of the Soviet system of mass control is its continued repression of individual initiative and constructive self criticism.


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