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  • Burden of acting neither White nor Black: Asian American identities and achievement in urban schools

    1/1/06 - Lew, Jamie

    Ogbu's theory of "burden of acting white" has been one of the most frequently cited studies to explain black and white achievement gap. However, emerging studies have argued that Ogbu's theory may be limited when examining variability of school achievement among black and white students. Research shows that in addition to culture, other social forces, such as class, peer networks, and school context may play a significant role when accounting for minority students' academic aspirations and...

  • Do Americans really like children?

    1/1/94 - Goetting, Ann

    Argues that the US as a nation does not really like children, an argument supported by the substantial numbers of children who experience an array of preventable burdens. Statistics are offered on such topics as the high rate of infant mortality, low rankings in academic achievement, and the high rate of poverty among children. The gap between achievers and nonachievers continues to expand, producing a large number of children at high risk for never becoming productive members of society. A...

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