Cultural Bias, Racial Discrimination, And Marginal Educational Policies

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Introduction

The pursuit of education can be considered a veritable right for all Americans, but for some it may be perceived as an elusive dream. For a fraction of American youth the promise of education is more of a challenge to obtain than for others. There are obvious gaps in the achievement levels in school amongst different ethical groups. Many societal reasons serve as the reason for this disparity. Cultural bias, racial discrimination, and marginal educational policies are all often identified as reasons for the disparate achievement levels. However one common denominator in the education system is poverty. Poverty is a variable that serves as a catalyst for these challenges that some students face. Although, America is characterized as a “melting pot” there are distinct differences in the lives of each ethnicity that call this country home. There are Caucasian American and in contrast the Underrepresented Minority Americans. The experiences of underrepresented minorities’ verses their Caucasian counterparts vary. Variations include access to resources like health clinics and other lifestyle services or healthy eating establishments. The community composition for minorities and whites differ in that a large number of minorities live in urban blighted areas. The income levels hold several disparities when comparing whites to people of color. Lastly the educational levels of underrepresented minority groups are far less than those of their white equivalents.…

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