Through students' own voices and perspectives, this book reveals how and why some racial minorities achieve academic success, despite limited opportunity. Based on the experiences of Black, Latino, and Vietnamese urban high school students, the author provides a revealing comparative analysis that offers insight into how schools can provide opportunities and safe learning environments where youth acquire real goals, expectations, and tangible pathways for success. Offering alternatives to current practices and structures of inequality that plague educational systems throughout the nation, this sociologically informed book: takes a rare look at urban school success stories, instead of those depicting failure; explores the social processes that enable racial minority youth to escape the unequal structures of urban schooling to perform well in school; and, focuses on youth's interpretations and reactions to the schooling process to determine how schools can empower youth and promote the social mobility of low-income urban populations.
Publisher: Teachers' College Press
Number of pages: 168
Weight: 390 g
Dimensions: 229 x 163 x 17 mm
This brilliant and important book sheds light on a phenomenon of great and growing importance: What works in the schooling of minority youth? The answers, captured in the incomparable voices of high-achieving minority youth, are riveting and a lasting tribute to the human spirit to reach higher. - Marcelo M. Suarez-Orozco, The Courtney Sale Ross University Professor of Globalization and Education, New York University ""Going beyond conventional accounts of school failure, Gilberto Conchas provides insight into the cultural processes and structural forces that contribute to high achievement among urban youth. This book will take its rightful place along Lightfoot's The Good High School and Pollock's Colormute."" - Hugh Mehan, Director, CREATE, University of California, San Diego