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Schools are successful only insofar as they reduce
by James S. Coleman

Schools are successful only insofar as they reduce
the dependence of a child's opportunities upon his social origins.
- James S. Coleman

Cultural dominance of middle-class norms prevail in
middle-class schools with a teacher teaching toward
those standards and with students striving to maintain those standards.
- James S. Coleman

A child's learning is a function more of the characteristics
of his classmates than those of the teacher.
- James S. Coleman

The higher the social class of other students the higher
any given student's achievement.
- James S. Coleman

 

For to change the norms, the very foci of attention,
of a cultural system is a difficult task -
far more complex than that of changing an individual's attitudes and interests.
- James S. Coleman

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.
- James S. Coleman

In a high school, the norms act to hold down the achievements
of those who are above average,
so that the school's demands will be at a level easily
maintained by the majority.
- James S. Coleman

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In every school, more boys wanted to be remembered
as a star athlete than as a brilliant student.
- James S. Coleman

There are many examples in high schools which show
something about the effects such competition might have.
- James S. Coleman

Children from a given family background,
when put in schools of different social compositions,
will achieve at quite different levels.
- James S. Coleman

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.
- James S. Coleman

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.
- James S. Coleman

If we refuse to accept as inevitable the irresponsibility
and educational unconcern of the adolescent culture,
then this poses a serious challenge.
- James S. Coleman

I'd propose that each central-city child should have
an entitlement from the state to attend any school
in the metropolitan area outside his own district -
with per pupil funds going with him.
- James S. Coleman

It is one thing to take as a given that approximately
70 percent of an entering high school freshman class will not attend college,
but to assign a particular child to a curriculum designed
for that 70 percent closes off for that child the opportunity to attend college.
- James S. Coleman

Particular individuals who might never consider dropping
out if they were in a different high school might decide
to drop out if they attended a school where many boys and girls did so.
- James S. Coleman

It is clear from all these data that the interests
of teenagers are not focused around studies,
and that scholastic achievement is at most of minor
importance in giving status or prestige to an adolescent
in the eyes of other adolescents.
- James S. Coleman

The results indicate that heterogeneity of race and
heterogeneity of family educational background can
increase the achievement of children from weak educational
backgrounds with no adverse effect on children from
strong educational backgrounds.
- James S. Coleman

Grades are almost completely relative,
in effect ranking students relative to others in their class.
Thus extra achievement by one student not only raises his position,
but in effect lowers the position of others.
- James S. Coleman

We are now at a point where we must educate our children
in what no one knew yesterday,
and prepare our schools for what no one knows yet.
- Margaret Mead

Sex education may be a good idea in the schools,
but I don't believe the kids should be given homework.
- Bill Cosby

If there were no schools to take the children away
from home part of the time,
the insane asylums would be filled with mothers.
- Edward W. Howe

Let a hundred flowers bloom, let a hundred schools of thought contend.
- Mao Tse-Tung

Do not marry a man to reform him.
That is what reform schools are for.
- Mae West

Don't marry a man to reform him -
that's what reform schools are for.
- Mae West

Design schools are good, I guess, sometimes I visit schools,
but they are very very limiting.
- Marc Newson

Schools that are to cater for the whole population
must offer courses that are as rich and varied as are
the needs and abilities of the children who enter them.
- Peter Fraser

There is much more to schools than buildings.
There are academic activities, how it reaches the community
and its proximity to other programs.
- John Warner

So, I see technology as a Trojan Horse:
It looks like a wonderful thing,
but they are going to regret introducing it into the
schools because it simply can't be controlled.
- Daniel Greenberg

The schools ain't what they used to be and never was.
- Will Rogers

It is possible to resolve childhood repression safely and without confusion -
something that has always been disputed by the most
respected schools of thought.
- Alice Miller

I do not see any reason why they should not be given
the means to give their teachers just as high an education
as is secured by attendance at the Protestant schools.
- Charles Tupper

I went to the public schools myself.
And they were great for me.
- Charles Schumer

I would like to teach music.
It's weird the way they teach music in schools like Julliard these days.
- Bjork

One of our key strategies has been to restructure traditional
high schools into small learning communities with personalized
attention and a range of options.
- Thomas Menino

From kindergarten to graduation, I went to public schools,
and I know that they are a key to being sure that every
child has a chance to succeed and to rise in the world.
- Dick Cheney

Well, we have to provide the world's best schools.
We certainly don't have them, but that's our objective.
- Michael Bloomberg

When schools flourish, all flourishes.
- Martin Luther

Nationally, overwhelmingly non-white schools receive
$1,000 less per pupil than overwhelmingly white schools.
- Jonathan Kozol

Good schools underpin not only our economy,
but the social fabric of our lives.
- Donald L. Carcieri

Charter schools have a far higher proportion of teachers who are not certified.
- Maggie Gallagher

I think the Republicans are subverted by the fact that
so many of their leaders send their kids to private schools,
they don't really have the stomach for the fight.
- Peter Brimelow

The money in the schools overpowers the principles of the purpose.
- Miroslav Vitous

In Boston they have gone from large autonomous high
schools to smaller schools within the same building.
- Michael Welch

If the government is going to mandate levels and punish schools for failing,
they should send that money to the school system.
- Robert Duncan

They take pride in their schools.
They begin to participate, where, when they are renters,
they don't do that.
So what we're doing by this program is strengthening America.
- Alphonso Jackson

I was a catastrophe at Science and Games,
but the good thing about Quaker schools is that they
encourage you in those subjects for which you show an aptitude.
- Richard Rodney Bennett

From 20 years of experience hiring artists out of the schools,
I know-they get worse every year.
They're absolutely ridiculously retarded now.
- John Kricfalusi

The segregated schools of today are arguably no more
equal than the segregated schools of the past.
- Ed Markey

As long as acquiring knowledge is the educational goal of schools,
educational opportunities will be limited,
as they are now, to affluent families.
- William Glasser

The causes of youth violence are working parents who
put their kids into daycare,
the teaching of evolution in the schools,
and working mothers who take birth control pills.
- Tom DeLay

There have always been card schools at football clubs and always will be.
- Peter Shilton

The new rule of thumb is that 80% of a president's
time must be spent in raising funds for their schools.
- James E. Rogers

There is a lot going on in high schools,
and I think what we portray is fairly accurate.
- Chi McBride

Our public schools began as ministries of the church;
now it is time to return them to the Lord.
- Jay Alan Sekulow

Education technology is very important because we have
a massive challenge in public schools.
- Major Owens

I was just lucky enough to grow up in a time when they
actually had drama departments in schools.
- Sally Field

Catholic schools prepare every student to meet the
challenges of their future by developing their mind,
yes, but also their body and their soul and spirit.
- David Vitter

The need for improved technical support in schools
has expanded as the Government and schools have increased
their investment in information and communications technologies.
- Estelle Morris

We class schools into four grades: leading school,
first-rate school, good school and school.
- Evelyn Waugh

Anyone interested in becoming a professional umpire
and becoming eligible to work in the minor leagues
must attend one of the two umpire schools sanctioned
by Major League Baseball.
- Jim Evans

We all know here that the law is the most powerful
of schools for the imagination.
No poet ever interpreted nature as freely as a lawyer interprets the truth.
- Jean Giraudoux

Irresponsibility is part of the pleasure of all art;
it is the part the schools cannot recognize.
- James Joyce

We really think it is a good thing for scientists to
spend a little bit of their time either in the community
or in schools or helping to train high school teachers.
- Thomas R. Cech

I was born in Champaign in 1918.
From the neighborhood elementary and intermediate schools,
I went to the University High School in the twin city,
Urbana.
- James Tobin

So many schools have cut the music classes out of their curriculum.
We're trying to fill that gap by teaching the teachers
how to educate the kids about their musical heritage.
- Margaret Whiting

In this way, some film schools can be destructive.
- Richard King

Everything depends on a good job - strong families,
strong communities, the pursuit of the American dream,
and a tax base to support schools for our kids and
services for our seniors.
- Bob Taft

The Founding Fathers in their wisdom decided that children
were an unnatural strain on parents.
So they provided jails called schools,
equipped with tortures called an education.
- John Updike

Schools are really bad now.
Schools are not only bad in reading,
writing and arithmetic,
they're worse in cultural aspects, like in music and art.
They don't teach you anything.
- John Kricfalusi

If we had in this room a hundred teachers,
good teachers from good schools, and asked them to
define the word education,
there would be very little general agreement.
- William Glasser


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