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The Perry Pre-school HighScope Project originated in Ypsilante, Michigan, USA in 1962, and ran until 1967, when the city was the centre for the Ford and GM car industry. At that time, schooling in the USA was racially segregated and this also applied to housing. There was, nationally, a continuing concern with the plight of disadvantaged children (Blackwell, 1994), which had begun in the 1950s. Questions had been raised as to whether the practice of adapting the curriculum for those children was providing the desired effect of ‘inoculating children against failure and breaking ...

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