Event Title

Testing and Disciplining Young Men of Color in Urban Public Schools

Presenter Information

Brian Cabral, Oberlin CollegeFollow

Location

King Building 106

Start Date

5-2-2018 12:00 PM

End Date

5-2-2018 1:30 PM

Abtract

This study begins by locating the development of Social Justice High School (SOJO) in Chicago and examining the educational experiences of young Mexican and Mexican American men. Through scholarship by education policy and reform scholars that talk about issues of neoliberal practices and school policies in the Chicago Public School (CPS) network, an analysis of the implementation efforts of policies that focus on standardized testing and discipline at SOJO are examined. This research analyzes the student experience and development of these young men using the conceptual framework of socialization and social control. The top-down implementation of standardized testing and discipline fails to enhance the overall learning of the participants. Their experiences are unique, but reinforce similar results that other education scholars have found about the educational experiences of young men of color. Thus, this study contributes to the existing scholarship on urban public high schools and their influence on young men of color, specifically through the lens of achievement, resistance, and policy.

Keywords:

education policy, young men of color, Chicago politics

Notes

Brian Cabral is also a presenter at the Senior Symposium: https://digitalcommons.oberlin.edu/seniorsymp/2018/presentations/51/

Major

Sociology

Award

Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship

Advisor(s)

Rick Baldoz, Sociology

Project Mentor(s)

Gina Perez, Comparative American Studies
Rick Baldoz, Sociology; Comparative American Studies
Greggor Mattson, Sociology

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May 2nd, 12:00 PM May 2nd, 1:30 PM

Testing and Disciplining Young Men of Color in Urban Public Schools

King Building 106

This study begins by locating the development of Social Justice High School (SOJO) in Chicago and examining the educational experiences of young Mexican and Mexican American men. Through scholarship by education policy and reform scholars that talk about issues of neoliberal practices and school policies in the Chicago Public School (CPS) network, an analysis of the implementation efforts of policies that focus on standardized testing and discipline at SOJO are examined. This research analyzes the student experience and development of these young men using the conceptual framework of socialization and social control. The top-down implementation of standardized testing and discipline fails to enhance the overall learning of the participants. Their experiences are unique, but reinforce similar results that other education scholars have found about the educational experiences of young men of color. Thus, this study contributes to the existing scholarship on urban public high schools and their influence on young men of color, specifically through the lens of achievement, resistance, and policy.