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Stephen Downes

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Jessica Herrera Chaidez describes her research into "the experiences of socioeconomically disadvantaged students of color who are suddenly afforded the opportunity to study at elite prep schools." The result, she says, is "a sense of twoness" that "emerged in every facet of their lives, both on and off campus." Specifically, they had to travel further, struggled with curriculum that presumed a certain background, were isolated from their friends back home, and felt they no longer belonged in their community. "Despite their well-publicized initiatives, the prep schools in these programs focus on a few examples of exceptionalism to claim a "diversity" that thrives on a subscription to whiteness, which they perniciously perpetuate."

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