By Kassie Freeman
Acknowledging the disparity among the variety of African American highschool scholars who aspire towards larger schooling and the quantity who truly attend, this publication uncovers elements that impact African American scholars' judgements concerning collage. Kassie Freeman brings new insights to the present physique of study on African americans and better schooling via interpreting the impression that relations, college, neighborhood, and residential have within the decision-making method. She explores particular components that give a contribution to a student's predisposition towards greater schooling, together with gender, economics, and highschool curriculum, and seeks to bridge the space in realizing why aspiration doesn't instantly translate into participation. Educators and coverage makers attracted to expanding African American scholars' participation in better schooling will enjoy the exploration of this paradox.
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John, 1991; Introduction 5 Thomas, 1980). Research literature abounds with what Mickelson (1990) calls the “paradox of consistently positive attitudes toward education, coupled with frequently poor academic achievement” (p. 44) among African Americans. In order to further the understanding of this paradox, Mickelson (1990) offers the best description of forces that might prevent African American students from acting on their aspirations. She divides the attitudes toward schooling into two categories: “abstract attitudes, which embody the Protestant ethic’s promise of schooling as a vehicle for success and upward mobility; and concrete attitudes, which reflect the diverse empirical realities that people experience with respect to returns on education from the opportunity structure” (p.
However, aside from family and friends, teachers and counselors seem to have the greatest influence on seekers. As a student attending a magnet school in Washington said, “It was in third 28 African Americans and College Choice grade when my teacher asked me to be in charge when she stepped out. ” As indicated by these students, seekers are those students who someone has provided early responsibilities, such as a teacher or counselor, who have received a spark from a family member or peer, or who have seen something in the media that made them know that they could go to college.
211), how that influence is shaped based on different cultural characteristics needs greater understanding. The way in which African American families value education has everything to do with the way they influence their children’s college choice process. While maintaining vestiges from the past and combining elements of a larger middle class, the way in which African American The Influence of Family 15 families influence their children’s college choice is noteworthy. As Levine and Nidiffer (1996) state about the findings from their student subjects, “[W]hen asked how they came to attend college, each of them told almost the same story” (p.
African Americans and College Choice: The Influence of Family and School by Kassie Freeman