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The baleful influence of television on school learning has already been mentioned. The possession of other diversions and often requires. a parttime job for its support, crowding out homework. The popular habit of having ~elevision or radio providing background noise during homework is, probably a distraction. Many other diversions compete for student attention. School activities apparently are not an unfavorable influence. Research finds that the students making higher scores are also the students who participate in high school activities such-as debate, music, drama, journalism, or athletics [College Board, 1977,’ p. 39J.- Those who share in extracurricular activities are also less likely to become delinquent [Landers and Landers, 1978 J.