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A clean and easy-to-understand exam of a few of America's such a lot tough social concerns.

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Of course, there is also opposition to this based on fears of an increase in crime and property devaluation. School desegregation and intervention programs such as Head Start increase academic achievement in minority students. But, perhaps more important, they have important social effects. School desegregation is linked to desegregation in other areas of social life. Blacks who have attended integrated elementary and high schools are more likely to attend integrated colleges and 30 Wa l l s a n d B r i d g e s universities, have white friends and social contacts, live in integrated neighborhoods, and work in integrated companies.

The Crisis and Denial of Access 33 PARENTAL CHOICE AND PUBLIC VERSUS PRIVATE EDUCATION Traditionally, private schools have been much more effective in producing high academic performance in their students as well as preparing them for college than their public counterparts, especially with blacks and Latinos. The larger public schools that are not effective in teaching have principals and faculty who are tightly controlled by school boards that do not give them the freedom to impose discipline or require high academic standards.

Without a college education, chances for a good job are greatly reduced. Increasing the quality of education is generally viewed as necessary for increasing employment and productivity while cutting crime, poverty, and the need for welfare. Yet if we examine the relative performance on basic subjects such as math, students in the United States are near the bottom. Consequently, education has been socially constructed as a crisis, a major social problem. Now critics are challenging the philosophy, objectives, and methods of education.

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