Whited Out: Unique Perspectives on Black Identity and Honors Achievement (Counterpoints #331) (Hardcover)

Whited Out: Unique Perspectives on Black Identity and Honors Achievement (Counterpoints #331) By Shirley R. Steinberg (Editor), Anthony A. Pittman Cover Image
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This is book number 331 in the Counterpoints series.


Historically, conventional scholars in the field of education have asserted that underachievement by Black students may be attributed to cultural deprivation and/or genetic deficiencies. Hypotheses like these have led to the proliferation of theories that Black students are inferior when compared to their White counterparts. But despite such assertions, some Blacks have been able to succeed academically. Commonly expressed themes in recent literature suggest that intelligent Black students must cross cultural and racial boundaries to be successful academically. Consequently, Black students who experience academic success are often perceived as acting White .
Using participation in an honors curriculum as a symbol of explicitly recognized intelligence at the collegiate level, Whited Out explores the identities of several Black collegiate honors students, focusing in particular on how they think about race, achievement, and social engagement. The book sheds new light on why some Black students experience academic success and some do not. Perhaps most importantly, the book illustrates why acting White should not be among the rationales upon which many scholars predicate their arguments for the existing disparity between Black and White students' academic performance.

About the Author

The Author: Anthony A. Pittman earned his Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction with cognates in gifted education, educational studies, and English education from the University of Connecticut, Storrs. Presently, he is Assistant Professor of Instruction and Curriculum at Kean University in Union, New Jersey.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781433101199
ISBN-10: 143310119X
Publisher: Peter Lang Inc., International Academic Publi
Publication Date: February 25th, 2009
Pages: 225
Language: English
Series: Counterpoints