Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Whats in a Name, Dumb Parents or Racist Views?

Knight Ridder Newspapers

MIAMI - Do two black children from the same family - one called Dwayne and the other Da'Quan - face different treatment from their teachers because of their names?
A University of Florida economist says yes, and has five years of data from an unidentified school district in the state to support his theory.

According to David Figlio, teachers have lower expectations for students with names like Da'Quan because they assume the parents who choose names with unusual letter combinations and apostrophes are poorly educated. But teachers did not have the same low expectations for siblings with more mainstream names, his research shows. click here for more

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