Through The Static

June 10, 2008

Report Takes Aim at ‘Model Minority’ Stereotype of Asian-American Students

Filed under: Culture,Education,Higher Education,It's Too Punny!,K-12 Education,Race — disciplepete @ 5:15 pm

Article in the NYT about a new report regarding the “model minority” stereotype which we might be familiar with and which my colleague Tranimal exemplifies. HA!

The image of Asian-Americans as a homogeneous group of high achievers taking over the campuses of the nation’s most selective colleges came under assault in a report issued Monday.

…it pokes holes in stereotypes about Asian-Americans and Pacific Islanders, including the perception that they cluster in science, technology, engineering and math. And it points out that the term “Asian-American” is extraordinarily broad, embracing members of many ethnic groups…

Their educational backgrounds, the report said, vary widely: while most of the nation’s Hmong and Cambodian adults have never finished high school, most Pakistanis and Indians have at least a bachelor’s degree.

“The notion of lumping all people into a single category and assuming they have no needs is wrong,” said Alma R. Clayton-Pederson, vice president of the Association of American Colleges and Universities, who was a member of the commission the College Board financed to produce the report.

Check out the whole article if you’re interested in this topic. I also have some observations on it based on my experience as a substitute teacher in my high school district, but I got things to do and people to see so I’ll comment later.

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2 Comments »

  1. I like how the reports keeps reiterating the flaws of lumping Asian Americans together in one large category yet studies such as this one just keeps doing that.

    Comment by ausaydong — June 10, 2008 @ 7:09 pm | Reply

  2. Good point!

    Comment by disciplepete — June 10, 2008 @ 7:13 pm | Reply


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