Whited Out: Unique Perspectives on Black Identity and Honors Achievement

Whited Out: Unique Perspectives on Black Identity and Honors Achievement

by Anthony A. Pittman
     
 

ISBN-10: 1433101181

ISBN-13: 9781433101182

Pub. Date: 02/06/2009

Publisher: Lang, Peter Publishing, Incorporated

"Historically, conventional scholars in the field of education have asserted that underachievement by Black students may be attributed to cultural deprivation and/or genetic deficiencies. Hypotheses like these have led to the proliferation of theories that Black students are inferior when compared to their White counterparts. But despite such assertions, some Blacks…  See more details below

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"Historically, conventional scholars in the field of education have asserted that underachievement by Black students may be attributed to cultural deprivation and/or genetic deficiencies. Hypotheses like these have led to the proliferation of theories that Black students are inferior when compared to their White counterparts. But despite such assertions, some Blacks have been able to succeed academically. Commonly expressed themes in recent literature suggest that intelligent Black students must cross cultural and racial boundaries to be successful academically. Consequently, Black students who experience academic success are often perceived as "acting White." Using participation in an honors curriculum as a symbol of explicitly recognized intelligence at the collegiate level, Whited Out explores the identities of several Black collegiate honors students, focusing in particular on how they think about race, achievement, and social engagement. The book sheds new light on why some Black students experience academic success and some do not. Perhaps most importantly, the book illustrates why "acting White" should not be among the rationales upon which many scholars predicate their arguments for the existing disparity between Black and White students' academic performance.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781433101182
Publisher:
Lang, Peter Publishing, Incorporated
Publication date:
02/06/2009
Series:
Counterpoints: Studies in the Postmodern Theory of Education Ser.
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
225
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.50(d)

Table of Contents

Ch. 1 Looking Back: Tall Tales about Black Student Underachievement 1

Ch. 2 Moving Forward: The Truth of the Matter 25

Ch. 3 Defining Colors 47

Ch. 4 Keeping Company 71

Ch. 5 The Fierce Urgency of Now 93

Ch. 6 Closing Arguments: A Message for Educators, Honors Program Affiliates, and Higher Education Officials 137

Ch. 7 Where Do We Go from Here? 169

Ch. 8 Conclusions: The Ties that Bind 201

References 215

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