Stuck in the Shallow End: Education, Race, and Computing


reviewed by Lesley S. J. Farmer - February 24, 2009

coverTitle: Stuck in the Shallow End: Education, Race, and Computing
Author(s): Jane Margolis with Rachel Estrella, Joanna Goode, Jennifer Jellison Holme, and Kimberly Nao
Publisher: MIT Press, Cambridge
ISBN: 0262135043, Pages: 201, Year: 2008
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The title Stuck in the Shallow End refers to the discrimination and lack of opportunity given to people of color, particularly African Americans, to learn how to swim. For years, pools were either off limits or relegated to “International” days just before the pool was to be drained. Competitive swimming remains largely an Anglo and Asian sport in the U.S. because of financial constraints and societal expectations. Likewise, deep knowledge about computer science evades young people of color. Inability to swim has resulted in a disproportionate percentage of African Americans drowning. In this digital age, inability to think computationally results in fewer employment opportunities and less participation in today’s society. UCLA Senior Researcher Jane Margolis and her team investigate the realities of race as it pertains to young people’s educational experiences of computer science. Margolis notes the long-standing underrepresentation of Latinos and African Americans (as well as females) receiving undergraduate and... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: February 24, 2009
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 15577, Date Accessed: 8/25/2019 11:04:22 PM

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