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The Privileged Poor How Elite Colleges Are Failing Disadvantaged StudentsAn NPR Favorite Book of the Year“Breaks new ground on social and educational uestions of great import”― Washington Post“An essential work humane and candid that challenges and expands our understanding of the lives of contemporary college students”―Paul Tough author of Helping Children Succeed“Eye openingBrings home the pain and reality of on campus poverty and puts the blame suarely on eli The author studies how students from poor backgrounds given financial assistance to attend a prestigious university fare in comparison with unassisted students from wealthy backgrounds His sample is split into three groups Upper Income UI Privileged Poor PP and Double Disadvantaged DDThe distinction between PP and DD is that PP students were given similar assistance to gain admission to expensive high schools whereas DD were admitted from public schoolsThe sample was also split by ethnic background and for me the most interesting result was that the attitudes observed were much conditioned by income group than by ethnic background That did come as a surprise to meWhat didn't come as a surprise was that UI students showed confidence and had few ualms in drawing on university resources both material and human to serve their particular needs PP students were inhibited in this and DD students inhibited stillSimilarly UI students were uninhibited in wearing expensive clothes and accessories and talking and sharing pictures about luxury vacations and extravagant parties PP students had been exposed to such behaviour in their high schools and whilst discomforted by it did not feel as much of a culture shock as did the DD studentsThese results were so predictable that I gave up around 13rd of the way through the book Having spent 14 years of my life as a university lecturer this should have been fascinating research for me but apart from the interesting irrelevance of ethnic background I felt that I was gaining no insights in carrying on

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T is it enough just to admit these students? In this bracing exposé Anthony Jack shows that many students’ struggles continue long after they’ve settled in their dorms Admission they uickly learn is not the same as acceptance This powerfully argued book documents how university policies and campus culture can exacerbate preexisting ineualities and reveals why some students are harder hit than others This is an excellent and important exploration of factors affecting students' experiences of college Jack complicates a familiar discussion of race and class by looking at the roles played by secondary education and college policies in fostering student success not only in terms of academic terms but also with regard to general well being His accounts of students' experiences shared in interviews are compelling by themselves on a personal level and Jack also organizes them effectively into a thoughtful argument As a middle school teacher I'm intrigued by what his observations and conclusions suggest about the role of elite colleges as engines of opportunity and I'm struck by the implications for middle and high school education I hope that Jack and others use this research as a jumping off point and continue to explore the uestions he raises

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Free ePub Ú mobi The Privileged Poor ô How Elite Colleges Are Failing Disadvantaged Students Ä dcmdirect Í [EPUB] ✹ The Privileged Poor: How Elite Colleges Are Failing Disadvantaged Students ✼ Join or create book clubs – institutions”― Washington Post“Jack’s investigation redirects attention from the matter of access to the matter of inclusionHis book challenges universities to support the diversity they indulge in advertising”― New YorkerThe Ivy League looks different than it used to College presidents and deans of admission have opened their doors―and their coffers―to support adiverse student body Bu This book is extremely basic filled with simple personal communications between the author and students most likely taken directly from taped interviews There is very little referencing in the book and is not at all scientifically written The author repeats the same 2 3 points throughout the 200 page book Although there are several pages of 'notes' at the end of the book which is probably the author's attempt to make the book appear to be 'scientific' it is far from that approach For example the subtitle is How Elite Colleges are Failing Disadvantaged Students and really the only specific point here is that the university cafeterias are closed on holidays leaving financially disadvantaged students without a place to eat for free during breaks since they are less likely to go home or on extravagant vacations like some of their fellow students I was hoping the book would be based on sociological studies with references