A Study By Pat Antonio Goldsmith Essays

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A study by Pat António Goldsmith found that eighth-grade black and Latino students are more likely than similar white students to have “high occupational expectations, educational aspirations, and concrete attitudes” (2004). This research also suggests that black and Latinos in segregated schools have great optimism about their future education, and have more positive attitudes about class and teachers, especially if the teachers are of minority background. Goldsmith notes that this results can be because “concentrating blacks and Latinos in a school is likely to improve the school’s normative climate because blacks and Latinos, all else being equal, tend to have high beliefs” and when they compare themselves to each other, it improves aspirations because these students are “relatively low achieving” (2004). So, schools with high minority populations can lead to better attitudes in regards to self-efficacy and success, which is important for students to graduate and continue their education. Ray Fuess agreed with this idea. He said, “I think anytime you can reflect on what actual society looks like you’re setting kids up for better success.” He commented further on the need for teachers of minority backgrounds and viewpoints by using the anecdote of his nephew; “The things my nephew says scares me a little. He struggled in school, and it’s frightening, his perceptions of people that he shouldn’t have. You stop and think about the Trump Effect of things.” Crouch agrees,…

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