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CIRCLE Working Paper 59: Democracy for Some–The Civic Opportunity Gap in High School

February 27th, 2008
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by Joseph Kahne and Ellen Middaugh

February 2008book

In our study of high school civic opportunities, we found that a student’s race and academic track, and a school’s average socioeconomic status (SES) determines the availability of the school-based civic learning opportunities that promote voting and broader forms of civic engagement. High school students attending higher SES schools, those who are college-bound, and white students get more of these opportunities than low-income students, those not heading to college, and students of color.

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244 Responses to “CIRCLE Working Paper 59: Democracy for Some–The Civic Opportunity Gap in High School”

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    It is very hard to define the right curriculum for the students, they have to learn more and more with every coming year to keep pace with the rapidly changing world.

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  6. Mattie Says:

    These articles is right. Low-income student need to work hard for their success, in other way, high-income students already have many opportunities in their lives. It happens anywhere in the world.

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    There are no uninteresting things but there are only uninterested people.There’s no exception on that even if you are white or not,rich or poor. That is your choice and thats what you believe in.

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    This matter of contention is really unacceptable.Developing opportunities for civic engagement of various kinds is very substantial.I would say that commitment of students in service activities that are associated with educational program can increase student learning, motivation toward school and opportunities for students to probe progress.

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    Educational Institution should should provide equal opportunities for all students (without exception) to develop leadership skills, a sense of belonging, and civic responsibility through involvement in the community and see if it works.

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    The biggest hurdle is expense and its unfortunate that many colour families or those with a low wage coming into the house just cant afford to stay at school and get a higher education.

  18. TalkProFootball Says:

    It´s sad to see people being denied an education for low funds

  19. ninel conde Says:

    Education in my country is the result of corrupt governments and unscrupulous people.

    I see American schools, and I can not help but feel sorry for my poor country.

    Ninel

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    These articles is right. Low-income student need to work hard for their success, in other way, high-income students already have many opportunities in their lives. It happens anywhere in the world.

  22. Acai Says:

    Good post about Democracy for Some–The Civic Opportunity Gap.

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    In our study of high school civic opportunities, we found that a student’s race and academic track, and a school’s average socioeconomic status (SES) determines the availability of the school-based civic learning opportunities that promote voting and broader forms of civic engagement good info.

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    The opportunities are limited to those who choose to be limited. I wish people would stop making excuses and take responsibility for their own misfortunes.

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    I think it comes as no surprise in today’s society.

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    In our study of high school civic opportunities, we find that the student’s race and academic track, and school average socioeconomic status (SES) determines the availability of school civic learning opportunities that promote voting and more extensive forms of civic participation Well, well I think this is good.

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    So has anything been done about this then, or has the situation changed since the study was done? It’s crazy in this day and age that a person’s color, track record and economic status determine if they have access to civic learning opportunities.. crazy..

  28. democraticdude Says:

    how can this kind of mentality get votes these days?

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    Very true. The low income students are forced to work harder but rich students have many opportunities. This very good post about the democracy. The educational institution should provide equal opportunities.

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  31. Bernard Says:

    These articles is right. Low-income student need to work hard for their success, in other way, high-income students already have many opportunities in their lives. It happens anywhere in the world.

  32. Jed Says:

    Why is this study necessary? It is obvious that socioeconomics affect school-based civic learning opportunities that promote voting

  33. Irvine Flower Shops Says:

    While it is true that low income students have to face a lot of hardships due to their socioeconomic background, this should not be used as an excuse for lower high school or university performance. They need to realize the fact that even high income background kids have to work for academic excellence.

  34. Scribe Says:

    I do think this is a useful study. However I would agree with the second comment here about the use of the phrase “students of color”. Does this mean those with flair and vivacity? 😉

  35. Michael White Says:

    Empowering high school students is definitely very important. These sorts of inequalities are quite disappointing at best. It’s unfortunate and a shame we’ve not progressed more over all the time our society has existed.

  36. Pittsburgh PA Bathroom Says:

    I have to disagree. The color of the skin does not determine opportunities. It is not a direct relation. Maybe economic factors that a certain race of group share contributes to it, but not just skin color.

  37. Mike Higgins Says:

    If you go to other countries, you will quickly find how much of an opportunity we have here in the states. Yes, low income students may have more difficulty, but the opportunity is there.

  38. black corner desk Says:

    I don’t agree….it used to be that white students had all the opportunity, when will this country move on and see that blacks have made just as many strides in education and hello (politics) as whites…

  39. herseyburda Says:

    I don’t agree….it used to be that white students had all the opportunity, when will this country move on and see that blacks have made just as many strides in education and hello (politics) as whites…

  40. şömine Says:

    I have to disagree. The color of the skin does not determine opportunities. It is not a direct relation. Maybe economic factors that a certain race of group share contributes to it, but not just skin color.

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    The problem is we can’t get the success stories out on the White or Black students who have been here.

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    If you go to other countries, you will quickly find how much of an opportunity we have here in the states. Yes, low income students may have more difficulty, but the opportunity is there.

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    The biggest hurdle is expense and its unfortunate that many colour families or those with a low wage coming into the house just cant afford to stay at school and get a higher education.

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    The biggest hurdle is expense and its unfortunate that many colour families or those with a low wage coming into the house just cant afford to stay at school and get a higher education.