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Streetsmart Schoolsmart: Urban Poverty and the Education of Adolescent Boys (Multicultural Education) (Multicultural Education Series) Paperback – March 30, 2012

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Gilberto Q. Conchas is executive director of the Career Academy Support Network (CASN) at the University of California, Berkeley, and associate professor of education at the University of California, Irvine. James Diego Vigil is professor of social ecology at the University of California, Irvine.
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Product Details

  • Series: Multicultural Education
  • Paperback: 216 pages
  • Publisher: Teachers College Press (March 30, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0807753181
  • ISBN-13: 978-0807753187
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.7 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #718,887 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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So, as a grad student in education policy, I say this is a worthwhile book.

To start, it is definitely one of the more optimistic books on education equality I have read, which is something the literature on this topic desperately needs. While it covers a lot of information about gangs here in Southern California (including the lesser known Vietnamese gangs of Orange County), it also tells the stories of a few young youth who managed to get out and get going in their lives. Truly touching stories, we understand that gang membership is not a death sentence, nor are bad grades or low expectations. Having former gang member for friends myself, I understand the struggles and this book tells the experiences in an accurate, but sensitive way.

It also covers some school programs, which are also interesting- although probably less so to the average reader. What is interesting, however, is that the authors also put out their own stories, which helps explain their own position. Quality qualitative work displays one's reflexivity, and by telling their own stories in the appendix we get an understanding for the perspective that we read. This is also not typically done within books coming out of a university (or in general), and should be appreciated. It also really puts a face to the writers.

Overall, the book tells a unique perspective, is well written, and takes some daring approaches to the material that makes it more appealing to the average reader. There are some moments when it slows down (which in fairness, is always going to happen whenever you go from a touching story to a school program) and a reader may have mixed feelings about this format. Still, it's still a worthwhile purchase and a good break away from the regular depressing material we always end up reading. Good work.
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Urban boys tend to academically underperform compared to their female counterparts. This is especially true for African-American, Latinos and some Asian subgroups (i.e. Vietnamese). The authors focus on why some of these boys tend to make it while others do not. This is an important book for educators, researchers and policymakers who are concerned about improving opportunities for urban male youth.
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This books takes on an important issue, males in schools. The book is well written by authors who have devoted their lives to educational equality both through ground work within communities and through their research. I highly recommend this book and intend to use it in my classes.
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