"Education and the Middle Class", by Sally Power, Tony Edwards, Geoff Whitty and Valerie Wigfall, Open University Press, pound;17.99.
Pressure to succeed makes many middle-class children feel like failures, suggests new research from the Institute of Education, in London. They felt they had underperformed if they did not get four As at A-level or were turned down for a place at Oxford or Cambridge, according to a study led by Professor Sally Power. Academic success, meanwhile, came at the expense of popularity.
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