The Agony of Education: Black Students at a White University

The Agony of Education Black Students at a White University Do black and white students attending a predominantly white institution receive the same education What challenge confront black students in their pursuit of higher education Based on focus group inte

  • Title: The Agony of Education: Black Students at a White University
  • Author: Joe R. Feagin
  • ISBN: 9780415915120
  • Page: 164
  • Format: Paperback
  • Do black and white students attending a predominantly white institution receive the same education What challenge confront black students in their pursuit of higher education Based on focus group interviews conducted with black students and parents concerning their experiences with one major university, as well as published and unpublished studies of the black experienceDo black and white students attending a predominantly white institution receive the same education What challenge confront black students in their pursuit of higher education Based on focus group interviews conducted with black students and parents concerning their experiences with one major university, as well as published and unpublished studies of the black experience at predominantly white universities across the nation, The Agony of Education captures the painful dilemmas and ugly realities African Americans must face about college education in contemporary society The Agony of Education probes the choices and trade off facing African American students attending an historically white university psychologically un supportive classroom and campus settings, administrative barriers, recruitment and retention, white faculty and white students Documenting the continuing legacy of racism in one of its most insidious forms, The Agony of Education defends the need for a vigorous form of multicultural education on college campuses.

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    1. Very enlightening and disturbing. The authors describe pervasive patterns of racial discrimination, harassment, marginalization, and alienation of black students, based on data gathered from focus groups of students and parents at a large state university. They back up their data with many studies conducted at colleges and universities across the country from the 1970's to the early 1990's, when this book was written. (One of the most disturbing facts is that the studies seem to show a steady in [...]

    2. This is a hard book to read. I noted that it has a 1996 copyright and has probably sat on my "unread books" pile for the best part of a decade. The book chronicles the struggles of black students at a predominantly white, large State University that is not identified. The big question for me in reading this book is whether to accept the "racialized society" approach in analyzing the experience of black students. This sees white students as insensitive and at least latently racist, university str [...]

    3. This was one of the most important books I've ever read. I head Joe Feagin, one of the authors, speak here at the university a couple years ago, and I was impressed by his knowledge of race and racism and his passion for confronting it head on. This book does exactly that as it explores the experience of black students in predominantly white universities. Especially given our recent racist events on campus, it is apparent from this study that a campus climate of racism extends well beyond "a few [...]

    4. Great to read, and also really really hard. So long after the Civil Rights laws that made predominantly white universities more accessible to people of color, but so far to go to make things really accessible.

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