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(Studio: Charles Kuralt) President Reagan's suggestion to potential school dropouts recalled, quoted.
(DC: Lem Tucker) Findings of study linking peer pressure to poor academic performance of impoverished blacks examined; details given, scenes shown. ["ROBERT, ALVIN,"- describe effect of negative peer pressure on their academic efforts.] [University of Washington, DC anthropologist Signithia FORDHAM - explains study's results.] [Junior high school principal Helena JONES - agrees.] [Student Percy HARPER - explains faking ignorance at times.] Eastern HS principal Ralph Neal's program described. [NEAL - fears issue reinforces racism; explains.] [JONES - cites need for blacks to be realistic about their own racism.] Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's similar experience described. [ABDUL-JABBAR - cites difficulty in getting lesson across to teens.] [STUDENTS - defense their academic success.]
- Kuralt, Charles;
- Tucker, Lem
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