Short Paper # 2 - Short Paper 2 In Ain't No Makin It...

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Short Paper # 2 In Ain’t No Makin’ It: Aspirations and Attainment in a Low-Income Neighborhood by Jay MacLeod, he attributes the success of the Brothers to an “Achievement Ideology;” the thought “if you work hard, you’ll get ahead.” MacLeod also believes that the lack of this “achievement ideology” is partially to blame for the lack of success for the Hallway Hangers. One explanation could be that “the Hallway Hangers continue to believe that black students are favored at the high school (p.88).” It would be very difficult to achieve, or even want to achieve if you didn’t think that you would be rewarded for doing well. Since the Hallway Hangers believe that the black students are favored, they don’t feel like they need to try in school. As a group, the Hallway Hangers experience school in a way much different than the Brothers do. Whereas the Brothers are fully integrated into the school, the Hallway Hangers’ attitudes toward the educational system can be summed up by
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Short Paper # 2 - Short Paper 2 In Ain't No Makin It...

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