Research: "Acting white" a troubling reality in some schools

01/19/2006

In a study of the phenomenon of "acting white," wherein some minority students reject peers for doing well academically, researcher Roland G. Fryer found that the higher their GPAs climbed, the more Hispanic and black students were likely to lose friends. Fryer suggests "acting white" may occur because lower-achieving groups at risk of losing their most successful members often attempt to boost their cohesiveness by penalizing those who differentiate themselves from the rest. Education Next (Winter 2006)

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