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Kids don't want to fail : oppositional culture and the Black-White achievement gap

Kids Don't Want to Fail

Publication Type:

Book

Source:

Harvard University Press, Cambridge, Mass., p.320 (2011)

Call Number:

Cubb LC2717 .H37 2011

URL:

http://searchworks.stanford.edu/view/9315813

Keywords:

Academic achievement--United States, African American students, Educational equalization--United States, Minorities--Education--United States

Publication Language:

eng

Notes:

"For many years, the most popular explanation for the achievement gap has been the 'oppositional culture theory': the idea that black students underperform in secondary schools because of a group culture that devalues learning....In a careful quantitative assessment of the oppositional culture hypothesis, Angel L. Harris tested its empirical implications systematically and broadened his analysis to include data from British schools. From every conceivable angle of examination, the oppositional culture theory fell flat."