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Academic Profiling at a Southern California High School

Academic Profiling at a Southern California High School

Chapter:
(p.1) Introduction Academic Profiling at a Southern California High School
Source:
Academic Profiling
Author(s):
Gilda L. Ochoa
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:10.5749/minnesota/9780816687398.003.0001

Beginning with students’ reflections on the racial/ethnic divides on campus, this chapter provides the book’s socio-political and academic context. I challenge the limitations of studies and policies that focus on a so-called achievement gap. I then explain the neoliberal and neoconservative context, how this work adds to the academic scholarship, the book’s macro-meso-micro framework (which includes a brief history of Mexican Americans, Chinese Americans, and Korean Americans). The introduction ends with a chapter outline.

Keywords:   Latinas/os, Asian Americans, Educational Achievement Gap, Social and opportunity gaps, Neoliberalism and neoconservativism, Policing students, MEChA and Student activism, Curriculum Tracking

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