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Reply to "Claude Steele Discusses How Group Stereotypes Can Influence Intellectual Performance"

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.---Rowe

I read your last post. It is incredible that a school, with primary administration by African American-Americans, would not actively encourage all students to take what used to be called 'the academic' (college preparatory) course.

The words that would set off the few African American teachers we had in my school, as a child, was, 'I don't care.' On e friends almost got fired when he heard a junior high student say that, and then realized the kid was his nephew. He went linear!!!

That was in 1961!!!

As to Dr. Steele, and the quote selected above:

I accept your assessment of his work. Being Shelby's brother, however, leaves me vigilant.

I remain in wonder that the field of sociology has yet to address the issue of identity as a part of the remedy to the many ills it assigns as cause for so many behaviors.

You mentioned the exposure of professionals being same as any other American of unknown African ancestry, And, I agree.

Even so, you would think that somewhere along the line, someone would consider identity.

It is a great void in our group consciousness to not have a driving force to reestablish our natural entitlement to an ancestral nationality for instance; to talk about our ethnicity as a people.

That is one of the primary functions of the Liberal Arts. They direct and shape the tenets and goals of human society.


Jim Chester