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Unequal Childhoods: Class, Race, and Family Life
Unequal Childhoods: Class, Race, and Family Life
by Annette Lareau
Edition: Paperback
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Read, October 29, 2010
This was a great book. I marveled at how the data showed how insignificant race was to a child's potential to succeed, but rather, the socieconomic class that a family is in, does more to determine the attributes (for success) that a child will/won't have based on the child rearing styles. I was raised in Newark,NJ, but amazingly, many things that my father did fell under the "Concerted Cultivation" method. The book also shed light on how things that I am doing with my children will help or harm them in their lives. I was happy to see that I am "in line with" many researchers, educators, etc. with regards to the "best pactices" of child rearing. The aspects that I do incorporate from the "Natural Growth" school of thought are important to me based on the way that I was raised, thus, getting a mixture and hopefully a well balanced upbringing for my boys. The book didn't say one style was better or best, but rather pointed out what the child learns from each method, in turn, allowing the parent that reads the book to tweak their practices, change them (if necessary), and to realize how the child is being molded by each action that is taken in the household. I think that this is a must read for any parent, especially urban parents, that desire to help their children achieve in the future by giving them the tools of success. The notion that this nation is made up of individuals that can achieve based on talent and hard work alone, as well as the past historical notion that one's race pre-determines success or failure is blown out of the water in this study. It's also worthy to note that there was data confirming that some households still are, to a much smaller degree, promoting hatred based on race. Many will say that someone is "crying about racism," but the unbiased approach to this study showed real evidence that it is still institutionalized and even fed to children in some households. All around a great body of work in my opinion.

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