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"College" as a Standard: How one Philadelphia Charter School Manipulates the Binary Between the Standards and Educative Discourses in order to Justify an Intensive College Preparatory Program

By Siduri Haslerig

Abstract

College has become increasingly competitive and important to job-readiness over\ud the last 50 years. The lifetime income differential between a college and a high school graduate is immense, a statistic that two large posters inside MCHS highlight. High school graduates, on average, earn $1.2 million over their lifetimes, whereas those with a bachelor's degree earn $2.1 million. In 2004, only 16.9 percent of blacks over 25 had completed a BA, as comparegto28.9 percent of whites. As these statistics demonstrate, the issues of college attendance and degree attainment are questions of educational equity that have clear and immediate consequences in terms of earning potential and economic equity for all students, but especially for black students because they are currently attaining BA degrees such a lower rate than white students. MCHS sends 98% of its graduates on to some form of post-secondary education. The expectation of college attendance has been well-established and the school is worth studying as an example of success. This thesis focuses on college preparation for urban public high school students because the question of equity in outcome in the public education system is intrinsically linked to college attendance. The central questions explored in this thesis are: How does MCHS work to create a school culture of college attendance? How does MCHS use language to justify its focus on college within the dominant discursive formations about public education? and How does this discursive work affect the school's college preparatory program? To address these questions, the author utilized participant observation to collect data, as well as discourse analysis

Year: 2007
OAI identifier: oai:triceratops.brynmawr.edu:10066/6857
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