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The Color of Success: Race and High-Achieving Urban Youth

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"This brilliant and important book sheds light on a phenomenon of great and growing importance: What works in the schooling of minority youth? The answers, captured in the incomparable voices of high-achieving minority youth, are riveting and a lasting tribute to the human spirit to reach higher." - Marcelo M. Suarez-Orozco, The Courtney Sale Ross University Professor of Globalization and Education, New York University "Going beyond conventional accounts of school failure, Gilberto Conchas provides insight into the cultural processes and structural forces that contribute to high achievement among urban youth. This book will take its rightful place along Lightfoot's The Good High School and Pollock's Colormute." - Hugh Mehan, Director, CREATE, University of California, San Diego" --.

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Gilberto Q. Conchas is a faculty member in the Department of Education, Chicano/Latino Studies, and Sociology at the University of California, Irvine.


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  • Paperback: 147 pages
  • Publisher: Teachers College Press (January 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0807746606
  • ISBN-13: 978-0807746608
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.2 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #590,145 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lisa Buchanan on February 3, 2009
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The Color of Success is a refreshing and engaging look at successful students of color. Conchas strives to adequately portray the successes of urban school students who nagivated public schools through the support of social capital and career academies within their schools. An excellent tool for understanding social capital for high school students as well as a glimpse of the structure of career academies. Very well written.
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I'm not surprised to see that amazing scholar (and Brown University alumnus) Dr. Pedro Noguera wrote an introduction to this book. In his own writings, he's asked, "Lots of research suggests that minority students perform in schools worse than whites generally, but how do successful minority students accomplish what they have?" This book tries to ask and answer that. Even though the term "person of color" is thrown around by many, most books on this population usually just discuss one or two groups. This book has a chapter on African Americans, Latinos, and Vietnamese Americans, thus breaking that trend.
I need to reference a book that kept entering my mind while reading this. I believe there's a book called "Acting White" in which a scholar compares and contrasts Black students from Howard University, a mostly Black school, to Northwestern, a mostly white one. This Black scholar assumed that Black students faced only two routes: attend a majority-Black school or be a small, almost invisible presence at a white school (as she did). However, her research broke that duality. She learned that Northwestern had a Black society within its campus. At this majority-white school, there were Black students who could join Black clubs and fraternities, take African-American Studies classes, and just live a very Black experience at a white institution.
This book showed a duality being broken. The school analyzed by the scholar did have a general population that was majority Black and Latino and not well served and it did have an Advance Placement route that was majority Asian and white. However, between the two, there was a Medical Academy whose entrance was not based solely on grades or rank.
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