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    The Issue Is Still Equality of Educational Opportunity

    Jomills Henry Braddock II
    Education in the United States has traditionally been viewed as a primary stepping stone to upward social mobility. This has been especially true for the disadvantaged and minority group members. Conventional wisdom suggests that it is our free public school system that guarantees an open society in which children of all social classes and ethnic backgrounds have an equal chance to develop their talents and achieve adult success commensurate with their individual abilities. While a number of observers argue strongly that the U.S. educational system perpetuates and reinforces existing social inequities (Bowles, 1972; Rothbart, 1970), it is still the case that educational attainment is the single best predictor of adult occupational success (Sewell & Hauser, 1975).

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    Winter 1981 Issue


    Report Analysis
    Public and Private Schools
    Marya R. Levenson, Dawn Geronimo Terkla
    Evidence, Analysis, and Unanswered Questions
    Richard J. Murnane
    The Issue Is Still Equality of Educational Opportunity
    Jomills Henry Braddock II
    Disciplined Inquiry or Policy Argument?
    Anthony S. Bryk
    Why Public and Private Schools Matter
    Chester E. Finn, Jr.
    Unasked Questions
    James W. Guthrie
    Policy Implications of the Public and Private School Debates
    Barbara L. Heyns
    Questions and Answers
    Our Response
    James Coleman, Thomas Hoffer, Sally Kilgore
    Reducing Student Alienation in High Schools
    Implications of Theory
    Fred M. Newmann
    The Allen School
    An Alternative Nineteenth-Century Education, 1818-1852
    Judith Strong Albert
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