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[Rutter's] findings, backed up with impressive statistics, fly in the face of a popular American theory that holds that if a student body has too many social disadvantages, there is not much that can be done for it educationally. * New York Times *
This important document should he taken seriously by all who are concerned with schooling... [It] confirms common sense: that approximately 15,000 hours spent in schools does matter. It says that schools are complex social institutions in which many factors merge to create an atmosphere that can influence pupil outcomes differentially, regardless of pupil background. It offers hope that schools can be improved no matter where they are located. And it offers provocative findings that beg for serious attention and further research investigation. * American Journal of Orthopsychiatry *

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