"African American kids, Hispanic kids, low-income kids in the city are enrolled in fundamentally different quality schools than other kids are.”"
African American,Hispanic,low-income kids in Seattle are enrolled in fundamentally different quality schools
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More on the new admissions systems. Advocates promise that less emphasis on tests will be good for low-income students, but it's not at all clear that low-income students have the supports for more complex systems of documentation.
"But critics said the system was excessively complicated and would end up favoring both wealthy applicants and wealthy colleges. Many said the new system was tailor-made for those who hire private counselors or attend private high schools with low student-counselor ratios. Others questioned the criteria for membership in the coalition, saying that those rules blocked from membership the colleges most low-income students attend."
"And that drew attention to an argument coalition supporters made repeatedly: the choice for many low-income students is not between the portfolio and a caring high school counselor with a realistic workload, but between the portfolio and a general lack of information at all about colleges."
Decimated tax bases in small communities mean decimated schools, and then wealthy philanthropists offer their "help" through charter schools or scholarships.
"The strategy of getting rich on cheap labor in foreign countries while offering a sop to America’s poor with charity seems to me a wicked form of indirection. If these wealthy chief executives are such visionaries, why don’t they understand the simple fact that what people want is not a handout along with the uplift ditty but a decent job?"
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While I see much of value in the new admissions processes announced by 80 "leading" colleges this week, I read language such as this and think about the vast differences in parents' capacities for providing feedback on academic work, about the dearth of mentors in many low-income high schools, and the very high numbers of students assigned to each high school advisor in too many schools. This system addresses none of these obstacles.
" I also am excited that the application process promises to be a resource for first-generation college students and those from underrepresented groups or low-income households. For example, a student from a low-income background can now use the collaborative platform to invite mentors, advisers, a parent and others to engage in a dialogue. They can provide feedback directly on the platform and let the student know if what he or she is producing is on the right track. I see enormous possibilities for students in these groups to be empowered by the options and flexibility this platform will provide. I also hope that starting earlier in the process will give them a college mind-set."
"The labels “low-skilled” or “unskilled” workers — the largest demographic being adult women and minorities — often inaccurately describe an individual’s abilities, but play a powerful role in determining their opportunity. The consequences are not only severe, but incredibly disempowering: poverty-level wages, erratic schedules, the absence of retirement planning, health benefits, paid sick or family leave and the constant threat of being replaced.
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Instead of improved job quality, the rewards for task-oriented workers are pats on the back and the constant encouragement to aspire for something better."
"Often, gifted children don’t do well in school because they question authority and are seen as troublemakers, Park said. Behaviors that in a wealthy classroom might be viewed as precocious can be perceived as disruptive in low-income classrooms."
Good points on the silence around disparities in resources in higher ed.