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Presentation Title

Social Darwinism and the Social Experiments of At-Risk Students

Student Presenter(s) and Advisor

Diana Lara '15Follow

Location

Young 111

Abstract

Minorities disproportionately represent the at-risk student population in the U.S. However, what it means to be "at-risk" changes constantly in the history of American education. Previously, the philosophy of Social Darwinism was used to justify social experiments, such as the Eugenics movement. Although Eugenics and Social Darwinism have declined today, standardized tests now represent new standard for measuring normal intelligence and merit. Thus, society's changing definitions of what is normal may actually set minority students up for failure, label them as unfit, and denied necessary resources for success.

Presentation Type

Individual Presentation

Start Date

4-9-2013 2:20 PM

End Date

4-9-2013 2:40 PM

Panel

Panel: Education, Experimentation and Society

Panel Moderator

Verena Bonitz

Field of Study for Presentation

Education

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Apr 9th, 2:20 PM Apr 9th, 2:40 PM

Social Darwinism and the Social Experiments of At-Risk Students

Young 111

Minorities disproportionately represent the at-risk student population in the U.S. However, what it means to be "at-risk" changes constantly in the history of American education. Previously, the philosophy of Social Darwinism was used to justify social experiments, such as the Eugenics movement. Although Eugenics and Social Darwinism have declined today, standardized tests now represent new standard for measuring normal intelligence and merit. Thus, society's changing definitions of what is normal may actually set minority students up for failure, label them as unfit, and denied necessary resources for success.