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Families and Schools

James S. Coleman
Educational Researcher
Vol. 16, No. 6 (Aug. - Sep., 1987), pp. 32-38
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/1175544
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Abstract

Families at all economic levels are becoming increasingly ill-equipped to provide the setting that schools are designed to complement and augment in preparing the next generation. This paper describes the sources of this deficiency and indicates just what elements have come to be missing from home and community. These are conceptualized generally as social capital which is now in short supply for children and youth. A general approach to increasing the social capital available to the next generation is indicated.

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