Class Warfare: Class, Race, and College Admissions in Top-Tier Secondary Schools

Class Warfare Class Race and College Admissions in Top Tier Secondary Schools Stories abound about the lengths to which middle and upper middle class parents will go to ensure a spot for their child at a prestigious university From the Suzuki method to calculus based physics f

  • Title: Class Warfare: Class, Race, and College Admissions in Top-Tier Secondary Schools
  • Author: Lois Weis Kristin Cipollone Heather Jenkins
  • ISBN: 9780226134895
  • Page: 140
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Stories abound about the lengths to which middle and upper middle class parents will go to ensure a spot for their child at a prestigious university From the Suzuki method to calculus based physics, from AP tests all the way back to early learning Kumon courses, students are increasingly pushed to excel with that Harvard or Yale acceptance letter held tantalizingly in frStories abound about the lengths to which middle and upper middle class parents will go to ensure a spot for their child at a prestigious university From the Suzuki method to calculus based physics, from AP tests all the way back to early learning Kumon courses, students are increasingly pushed to excel with that Harvard or Yale acceptance letter held tantalizingly in front of them And nowhere is this drive apparent than in our elite secondary schools In Class Warfare, Lois Weis, Kristin Cipollone, and Heather Jenkins go inside the ivy yearning halls of three such schools to offer a day to day, week by week look at this remarkable drive toward college admissions and one of its most salient purposes to determine class Drawing on deep and sustained contact with students, parents, teachers, and administrators at three iconic secondary schools in the United States, the authors unveil a formidable process of class positioning at the heart of the college admissions process They detail the ways students and parents exploit every opportunity and employ every bit of cultural, social, and economic capital they can in order to gain admission into a Most Competitive or Highly Competitive Plus university Moreover, they show how admissions into these schools with their attendant rankings are used to lock in or improve class standing for the next generation It s a story of class warfare within a given class, the substrata of which whether economically, racially, or socially determined are fiercely negotiated through the college admissions process In a historic moment marked by deep economic uncertainty, anxieties over socioeconomic standing are at their highest Class, as this book shows, must be won, and the collateral damage of this aggressive pursuit may just be education itself, flattened into a mere victory banner.

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    1. One of the defining ideas that I think about often is something I learnt from one of the books in my ‘behavioural economics’ shelf (can’t for the life of me remember which one). It was based on a story about a group of people studying medicine being asked about their fellow students and why they were studying medicine. The people asked would say, ‘well, it’s obvious, Mary ought to be a doctor, everything about her tells you she should would be the ideal doctor, in fact, it is impossibl [...]

    2. I'm afraid I lack the patience to document all that is disappointing about this book. I get to two stars only because it does a good job of describing the social interactions across racial groups in three above average public and private high schools.To begin with, the book is poorly written, laden with jargon and extraordinarily repetitious. It also superimposes a concept of class struggle on the college process which is never documented by footnotes. There are a lot of statements about what pe [...]

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