ERIC Number: EJ816778
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Reference Count: N/A
Higher Education and the "American Dream": Why the Status Quo Won't Get Us There
Keene, Sara E.
Change: The Magazine of Higher Learning, v40 n6 p65-68 Nov-Dec 2008
The community college represents the only form of universal access to education, and is thus purported to be the gateway to low-income and minority students' realization of the "American Dream." That dream is growing more and more elusive for a substantial number of people. Instead of breaking down ethnic and class barriers to economic and social opportunities, community colleges are often complicit in the maintenance and reproduction of social stratification, under the guise of a so-called "ethic of care" that attempts to cultivate students' "self-esteem" rather than the acquisition of collegiate competencies crucial to rigorous academic work, successful university transfer, and citizenship. In this article, the author relates how she had been disappointed on several occasions with the learning she got from various community colleges she had attended in the past. However, her expectations of the academia changed when she met two professors, Ted Hamilton and Paula Clarke, who introduced her to radical and challenging remedial courses. Here, the author shares the lessons she learned from her experiences in higher education.
Descriptors: Higher Education, Community Colleges, Social Stratification, Democratic Values, Access to Education, Minority Groups, Remedial Instruction
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Higher Education; Two Year Colleges
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Identifiers - Location: California