Stereotypes In Schools Essay

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“The problem with stereotypes is not that they are untrue, but that they are incomplete. They make one story become the only story” Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie once said. Stereotypes are a part of everyday life and is a way that people group each other. In fact, people stereotype so often that it because unintentional. Stereotypes can affect people’s social life, emotions, and sometimes their chances at success. The cause of the amount of underachieving African American students in America has been a controversial topic for decades. People often believe that the cause of this issue is due to poverty and the lack of parental support or hard work. Although these factors can play a role in the underachievement of African American students there is…show more content…
It is often seen in schools, African American children being placed in easier classes or alternative learning programs because of the belief that they are not as capable of learning as their white peers. According to Forbes, "One issue that calls for further discussion is the need for more role modeling and high expectations for rigorous academic study in many black homes and communities." Because of the stereotype that “African Americans aren’t smart,” schools and teachers set low standards when it comes to students of color. The lack of academic challenge often leads to the placement of African American students in easier classes, because of this belief that they are not “smart enough” or as capable as their white peers to be academically successful. The lack of belief in African American students and the ability to challenge them sets them behind and benefits them in no way. This ultimately means that they are not receiving the same opportunities as their white
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