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Another possible unintended consequence of this effort may be to dissuade some students from attempting higher education at all. Low-SES students from poor preparatory backgrounds might click into a calculus course only to see symbols and formulas they could not imagine are within their ken. While a few might feel challenged to conquer this bit of knowledge, those who have experienced social disorganization and the Pygmalion effect of naysayers, are much more likely (in my view) to rationalize a reason not to attempt higher learning. P.S. Sharon must be an English professor. Sharon, this is not a dissertation -- it's a blog...
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May 22, 2012