Stuck in the Shallow End: Education, Race, and Computing

Stuck in the Shallow End Education Race and Computing Looking at the experiences of students and teachers in three LA public high schools this volume investigates why so few African American and Latino high school students are studying computer science

  • Title: Stuck in the Shallow End: Education, Race, and Computing
  • Author: Jane Margolis
  • ISBN: 9780262135047
  • Page: 159
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Looking at the experiences of students and teachers in three LA public high schools, this volume investigates why so few African American and Latino high school students are studying computer science.

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    1. Depressing, but necessary. This book really answers the question "Why are there no black people in CS? Even in the Bay Area?" And the answer is: even once you get past the terrible schools, broken computers, lack of teachers qualified to teach computer science, non-working computers and all the rest of it no-one expects black kids to succeed. No-one IMAGINES black kids can succeed. And because of No Child Left Behind, everyone is aiming to the test, and to the bottom line. This book should be re [...]

    2. Stuck In The Shallow End is a non-fiction book based on a research project about how flaws in our American education system hinder many students of ethnic and racial minority heritage from accessing quality education in the area of computing and technology. This is an appropriate read for anyone who has any stake at all in our public school system.To explain the title, the book opens with some history about how racism and Jim Crow laws prevented African-Americans from using public swimming pools [...]

    3. A very real look at education, race, and computing which reveals the unsavory truth of separate and unequal education.

    4. Stuck in the Shallow End, is a nonfiction book, which looks at a study by Jane Margolis and Allen Fisher. “Out of the loop: why are so few underrepresented minority high school students learning computer science”, took place from 2001 to 2003. Following three Los Angeles area high schools with a population of predominately African American and Latino students. East River, Westward, and Canyon each having varies amounts of technology, but not classes specifically in the areas of computer scie [...]

    5. This book looks at different reasons of why students of color are not making into the advance computer science classes during high school. It also discusses how Society is not investing enough resources to students of color, especially for student to take more computer classes. The book provides examples for educators, policy makers and administrators to better understand varies issues related to the core problem.The book looks at three case studies of a predominately Hispanic school district, a [...]

    6. Stuck in the Shallow End is a non-fiction account of a study conducted in 2001 by author, Jane Margolis and a team of researchers. The title of the study was “Out of the Loop: Why Are So Few Underrepresented Minority High School Students Learning Computer Science?” It was conducted over a three-year period in three California schools in the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD). The study examined the disparities in computer science education for African American and Latino students.Th [...]

    7. Holy crap! OK, when I tell people I live in a cave (meaning I'm oblivious to pop culture and so much that goes on in the world), I had no idea just how true that rang after reading this book.I'm working on a research paper on how to improve intro computer programming classes and came across this book in my search for references. Not to derail by going into the paper, but I also teach intro programming and have been wondering what is wrong. Why does about 30-40% of the class drop or fail? Why are [...]

    8. The title is a metaphor based on a news report that found that children of color are more likely to drown when swimming than white children. This was basically due to much greater participation in summer camps and other enrichment activities that some children have over others. The same lack of exposure to swimming lessons that children of color have also extends to their likelihood to learn how to use computers.I read this book as part of my class when I began training to teach Exploring Comput [...]

    9. Generally very informative for those who are interested in closing equality gaps across the board. I think this would be a great read for educators and an especially good read for computer science students in high schools, who will be able to more clearly perceive their situation, why it is the case, and how administrators might do something about it. I consider computer science to be an important part of enabling further critiques of governments that might think they are reducing inequalities i [...]

    10. This was a fascinating book on several levels. It covered three case studies in the Los Angeles Unified School District involving teaching computing in high school. It examined which students took computing classes, what classes were available, and how they were taught. It's an excellent book to show both how and why case studies are useful in evaluation. But its conclusions are even more important: computing is not being taught well in our classrooms, even though as a nation we "recognise" that [...]

    11. This book focuses on Jane Margolis' research on the causes of low percentages of Hispanic and black students in Computer Science. Being Hispanic, I did not expect this book to surprise me with any truths it'd expose. Unfortunately, it highlighted structural, historical, and cultural constraints that have prevented (and continue to prevent) blacks and Hispanic/Latin@s from truly engaging with CS. The quotes, anecdotes, and research findings are as heartbreaking as they are a call to action. It's [...]

    12. Great book! Those who work with computers or are in education need to read this study. Often, we consider technology the "silver bullet" that will elevate the disadvantaged out into a world of possibility, but this two-year study claims that this rarely happens. There are specific reasons why and in order for change to occur, a multi-faceted, systemic approach must address the issues locally.

    13. Valuable research, though now outdated. Still some excellent, interesting insights into race and computing in education. Wish it had been a bit more accessible of a read.

    14. An important book to read about race in computer science education. They go through a few very compelling examples, but the book gets a bit redundant to read.

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