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Why High-performing Peer Groups Can Undermine Student Success

Being part of a very capable class at school can undermine some students' self-esteem and academic achievement.

How Smartphones Help Study

Teachers should be more tolerant of the fact that children check their phones and tablets during classes. Moreover, these devices should be more actively used in the learning process.

How Extracurricular Clubs and School Progress Correlate

Academic progress and the leisure time of schoolchildren are strongly linked. High-achieving schoolchildren usually go to clubs and studios after classes, while lower achievers spend their free time in the street, HSE researchers have discovered.

Children of Richer Parents Do Better at School

The more books in the family and the richer and more educated the parents, the more likely it is that the children will do well at school.

Parents' Education Can Hinder Social Mobility for Children

Families' limited cultural capital can hinder social mobility for their school-age childern and 'doom' them to a particular educational path. Academic performance being comparable, the chances of continuing studies in high school (grades 10 and 11) after nine years of secondary school are unequal for teenagers from families of different socioeconomic status. While children of well-educated and affluent parents usually go on to high school and then to college, their peers from working-class families often switch to vocational school despite good academic performance, thus maintaining socioeconomic inequality.