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Educational aspirations of parents of pupils in fourth grade of primary schools (N = 4931) in a nationwide survey are reported. Aspirations were analysed according to three perspectives: the highest wished for, feasible (anticipated) and the lowest acceptable. Parents had very high aspirations in relation to the education of their children (more than 80% wanted them to enter higher education), 60% expressed confidence in such success. Aspirations were most strongly determined by the education of parents (a direct linear correlation) and to a lesser extent, place of residence and sex of the child were influential. The results showed the sustained high educational aspirations of Polish society, despite the fact that education is losing importance as a factor to guarantee high income and social standing.