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Originally posted by James Wesley Chester:
That's why this 'study', to me, smacks of academic pandering. Who is it serving? What tool is provided, and to whom?


I've only given a brief description of Dr. Steele's research. His research is much more complex than what's been discussed here. However, keep in mind that Dr. Steeele is a social psychologist. His work has been heavily influenced by scholars such as Kenneth Clarke, Jonathan Kozol, Amin Maalouf, and Daryl Scott, author of Contempt and Pity(1997). He has also co-written a book with Dr. Asa Hillard entitled Young, Gifted, and Black: Promoting High Achievement Among African American Students (2004). He, like many other educational scholars are interested in discovering what is preventing Black students from excelling in academic environments, and more importantly, identifying with academic excellence.
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