Effect race or culture has on student ideas about success.In preparing for a meeting with the school board, an
interesting study came across your desk. A study of a multi-racial group of
high school students, by Grace Kao in 2000, revealed that different students
groups define success in different ways:
White and Asian students define success in school as earning
African-American students define success as doing as well as
other black students and not failing.
Hispanic students define success as attaining a white-collar
job in an office after graduation.
Discuss the extent to which you believe these
self-perceptions are created by the ways in which American society defines
raceand ethnicity. Discuss ways that you think educators can change these