Stuck in the Shallow End: Education, Race, and Computing by Jane Margolis

By Jane Margolis

Winner, schooling type, 2008 PROSE Awards awarded via the Professional/Scholarly Publishing department of the organization of yank Publishers. The variety of African americans and Latino/as receiving undergraduate and complex levels in computing device technological know-how is disproportionately low, based on fresh surveys. and comparatively few African American and Latino/a highschool scholars obtain the type of institutional encouragement, academic possibilities, and instruction wanted for them to decide on machine technological know-how as a box of analysis and occupation. In caught within the Shallow finish, Jane Margolis appears to be like on the day-by-day studies of scholars and academics in 3 la public excessive faculties: an overcrowded city highschool, a math and technology magnet tuition, and a well-funded institution in an prosperous local. She reveals an insidious "virtual segregation" that keeps inequality. of the 3 faculties studied provide in basic terms low-level, how-to (keyboarding, slicing and pasting) introductory computing sessions. The 3rd and wealthiest university bargains complicated classes, yet only a few scholars of colour sign up for them. The race hole in computing device technology, Margolis unearths, is one instance of how scholars of colour are denied quite a lot of occupational and academic futures. Margolis strains the interaction of faculty buildings (such components as path choices and student-to-counselor ratios) and trust systems—including academics' assumptions approximately their scholars and scholars' assumptions approximately themselves. caught within the Shallow finish is a narrative of the way inequality is reproduced in America—and how scholars and lecturers, given the mandatory instruments, can swap the approach.

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The accumulation of a violent history, denied access, and common lore beliefs has contributed to a greater fear of the water among African American adults. 11 The Unlikely Comparison with Computer Science Considering the dramatically different nature and histories of these two activities, how do we begin to compare the segregation in swimming with the underrepresentation in computer science? The answer lies in the fact that although at first glance they may seem quite different, the two endeavors share many qualities, from powerful historical legacies to inequitable trends rooted in false assumptions and beliefs.

23 On the surface, these results are remarkable, yet as anyone knows who has worked within public education, for every one step forward there are two steps back. Stuck in the Shallow End discusses these challenges, and how we are working to deepen and sustain these reforms. In chapter 6, we describe a decade of educational policy about the digital divide, and show how national policy has missed the mark by focusing on “technology fixes” and not tying technology policy to broader social issues. We discuss how the No Child Left Behind legislation, which has nominally been designed to narrow the “achievement gap,” has instead narrowed the curriculum and, in turn, the intellectual paths for students in low-performing schools.

The small group of tech-savvy boys, some of whom were taking the class for the second time, felt that it was going slower than they wished, and that they were not learning enough. ” The girls who had been recruited were happy they took the class despite some boredom. ” Vanessa did add that “it was still kind of boring,” however. ” Despite our criticisms of the class, we were still concerned when it was canceled after two years, for it was the only course available at East River for students who wanted to go beyond basic word-processing or application skills and learn more about computer science.

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