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Semantics of Equality of Educational Opportunity


by Richard Noonan 1974

When the time comes for selection into more advanced levels of schooling, restricted to the most able, social class becomes an important determinant of scholastic career. A general principle must be recognized: that severe material and intellectual deprivation suffered in the early years can never be completely compensated by measures taken in later years. The problem of inequality of educational opportunity might be reduced to some extent, or it might simply be displaced from the schools to the economic institutions. The problem of inequality in the society, however, would remain unchanged, and children would continue to come to school suffering from disadvantaged home backgrounds.


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 76 Number 1, 1974, p. 63-88
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 1358, Date Accessed: 10/22/2017 4:12:57 AM

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  • Richard Noonan
    Teachers College, Columbia University
    Richard D. Noonan is completing his doctoral studies at Teachers College. The author has worked in Stockholm as research officer on the 1EA project and as consultant on several projects related to the evaluation of educational achievement. Besides consulting on a project analyzing school data at the University of Gothenburg (Sweden), he is presently working on the development of language tests for use in industry in Sweden.
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