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Grades and friends September 9, 2006

Posted by Sharath Rao in America, general.

There is some random advice for the black community here. Lot of it makes sense yes. Especially these :

– Change the black culture that devalues education and overvalues ‘respect’

– Make heroes out of black doctors, lawyers, and entrepreneurs NOT sports stars, rappers, and gangsters. ( I know atleast one of my juniors from high school who should read this ! )

– Quit blaming everyone else for your plight. Yes, blacks have gotten the short end of the stick in America. But so have asians, hispanics, and pretty much every other ethnic group that ever came to these shores. The first step to not being a victim is to stop acting like one!

And I might add that to a large extent, these apply to other backward communities elsewhere too, infact even individuals within the not-so-backward communities as well.

There is a whole lot of research into the effects of good grades at school on the popularity of a student ; the effects can be negative or positive depending on student’s race/ethnicity. Read details here.

Or just this excerpt from here

Among whites, higher grades yield higher popularity. For Blacks, higher achievement is associated with modestly higher popularity until a grade point average of 3.5, when the slope turns negative. A black student with a 4.0 has, on average, 1.5 fewer same-race friends than a white student with a 4.0. Among Hispanics, there is little change in popularity from a grade point average of 1 through 2.5. After 2.5, the gradient turns sharply negative. A Hispanic student with a 4.0 grade point average is the least popular of all Hispanic students, and has 3 fewer friends than a typical white student with a 4.0 grade point average.

I dont know if we see this in India – to the best of my knowledge we dont. But how much of India in terms of location and demographics have I seen at all.



1. elliothttp://www.fromwhereisit.org - September 11, 2006

Thanks for digging up my old post.

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