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School Smarts: The Four Cs of Academic Success


reviewed by Maria Mejorado — 2005

coverTitle: School Smarts: The Four Cs of Academic Success
Author(s): Jim Burke
Publisher: Heinemann, Portsmouth, NH
ISBN: 0325006326, Pages: 142, Year: 2004
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Jim Burke’s School Smarts: The Four Cs of Academic Success offers an engaging guide for educators concerned about students who do not readily experience academic success. It is evident that a major source of his inspiration and motivation for writing this book is his students, who experience academic struggles similar to his own. Burke uses the most compelling and relevant literature regarding disenfranchised students available to state his case and weaves in responses and solutions to close the academic gap. Chapter 1, “Understanding Academic Success,” gently reminds educators that low-performing students struggle in part because they do not have adequate exposure and access to the cultural capital for school success available in “academic families.” Yet teachers treat all students as if they have the same tools and strategies at their disposal. Burke illuminates the “culture of academics,” which includes behaviors and habits not always visible unless one is born into... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 107 Number 11, 2005, p. 2533-2536
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 11827, Date Accessed: 6/23/2017 8:11:50 AM

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  • Maria Mejorado
    California State University
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    MARIA G. MEJORADO is an assistant professor in the Bilingual/Multicultural Education Department of the College of Education at California State University, Sacramento. She currently coordinates the department’s graduate program and teaches graduate courses and courses about English language learners. Her recent publications include “Parents and Community Working Together: Making a Difference” (Multilingual Educator, April 2005) and (with P. Gandara) “Putting Your Money Where Your Mouth Is: Mentoring as a Strategy to Increase Access to Higher Education” (in W. Tierney, ed., Nine Elements of Effective Outreach, State University of New York Press, 2004).
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