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Raising ChildrenEmerging Needs, Modern Risks, and Social Responses$
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Jill Duerr Berrick and Neil Gilbert

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780195310122

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195310122.001.0001

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Families and Schools Raising Children: The Inequitable Effects of Family Background on Schooling Outcomes

Families and Schools Raising Children: The Inequitable Effects of Family Background on Schooling Outcomes

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(p.221) 11 Families and Schools Raising Children: The Inequitable Effects of Family Background on Schooling Outcomes
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Raising Children
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W. Norton Grubb

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195310122.003.0011

This chapter shows that even well-functioning schools find it immensely difficult to overcome the powerful effects of parents on their children and on educational outcomes. While recognizing that schools can be reformed to do a better job with low-performing students, it is argued that more than educational policy is required to close the achievement gaps associated with class and race. That is, while educational policies need to include parent outreach and education, these measures must be complemented by a broad range of social polices that strengthen the social and economic conditions of family life for the most disadvantaged.

Keywords:   family background, family values, parental occupation, school outcomes, interaction, family instability

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