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The Privileged Poor: How Elite Colleges Are Failing Disadvantaged Students by [Anthony Abraham Jack]
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Editorial Reviews


“Jack’s investigation redirects attention from the matter of access to the matter of inclusion. Rather than parse the spurious meritocracy of admissions, his book challenges universities to support the diversity they indulge in advertising.”New Yorker

“What Jack discovered challenges us to think carefully about the campus lives of poor students and the responsibility elite institutions have for not only their education but also their social and economic mobility…The Privileged Poor breaks new ground on social and educational questions of great import.”Washington Post

“[An] eye-opening exposure of what it’s like to be poor on elite college campuses…Jack’s book brings home the pain and reality of on-campus poverty and puts the blame squarely on elite institutions for fostering policies that often ‘emphasize class differences, amplifying students’ feelings of difference and undercutting their sense of belonging.’”Washington Post

“A sobering reminder that, despite considerable efforts in recent years to increase the intake of talented young adults from disadvantaged backgrounds into leading universities and colleges, much more needs to be done to prepare and support them during their studies if they are to thrive.”Andrew Jack, Financial Times

“[An] examination of the way elite colleges and universities welcome, and don’t welcome, students from the working classes.”Edwin Aponte, The Nation

“Navigating college is hard for many young people, and for low-income students or kids whose parents didn’t go to college, it can be even trickier…So many professors have told me this book made them rethink their own classrooms.”Elissa Nadworny, NPR Books

“The lesson is plain―simply admitting low-income students is just the start of a university’s obligations. Once they’re on campus, colleges must show them that they are full-fledged citizen.”David Kirp, American Prospect

“Jack wants people to see beyond his personal success to his research findings: Elite colleges not only fail to admit enough low-income students; they also fail to care for the ones they let in.”Chris Quintana, Chronicle of Higher Education

“This book’s central message is as plain as it is substantial: access is not the same as inclusion. Increasing the number of low-income students in higher education is only the start of a university’s obligations…As a skillful interviewer and insightful observer, Jack reveals deep-seated class disparities that manifest themselves not just in the clothes students wear and the holidays they take, but in what they expect of their professors and envisage for themselves while in university and beyond. In so doing, Jack opens up new ground to interrogate the ‘long shadow’ of class inequality throughout the educational system. For all these reasons, this book is a considerable achievement.”Malik Fercovic, LSE Review of Books

“[A] remarkable book…I believe every administrator, faculty and student in college should read this to understand some obstacles students encounter in college that often go unnoticed.”Andrew Martinez, Diverse: Issues in Higher Education --This text refers to the hardcover edition.

About the Author

Anthony Abraham Jack is Assistant Professor at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and Shutzer Assistant Professor at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. He has written for the New York Times and the Washington Post, and his research has been featured on The Open Mind, All Things Considered, and CNN. The Privileged Poor was named an NPR Books Best Book of 2019. --This text refers to the hardcover edition.

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  • Publication Date : March 1, 2019
  • File Size : 1034 KB
  • Word Wise : Enabled
  • Print Length : 280 pages
  • Publisher : Harvard University Press (March 1, 2019)
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  • Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
  • ASIN : B07N2S7DLV
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  • Language: : English
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN : 0674976894
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