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Report Confronts Stereotyping of Asian Pacific American Students

February 28, 2012
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Posted by John M. Beam

The stereotype of Asian Pacific American (APA) students as studious, academically gifted over achievers is not only wrongheaded, it has a negative impact on their experience in the New York City public schools.  But wait, you say, aren’t APA youth the majority of students in the City’s famous exam schools: Stuyvesant, Bronx Science, and Brooklyn Tech?  That’s true, but those students are only five percent of APA enrollment citywide.

Last Wednesday, 100 students, organizers, advocates, and City officials participated in a briefing hosted by the Pace University School of Education on a major new report produced by the Coalition for Asian American Children and Families and Pumphouse Projects on the complicated reality of the other 95 percent of APA enrollment. “We’re Not Even Allowed to Ask for Help” is an exploration of how poverty, inequitable distribution of teaching resources, overcrowding, locked down schools, and serious deficits in the cultural competence of many administrators and some educators affect the schooling of Asian Pacific American children and youth.

Download the report, appendix, and PowerPoint presentation at www.cacf.org .

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