Racial Opportunity Cost

Racial Opportunity Cost The Toll of Academic Success on Black and Latinx Students

Terah Venzant Chambers
paper, 232 Pages
Pub. Date: October 2022
ISBN-13: 978-1-68253-744-2
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Pub. Date: October 2022
ISBN-13: 978-1-68253-745-9

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Racial Opportunity Cost turns critical attention to the specific challenges faced by high-achieving students of color and gives educators a framework for recognizing and addressing these issues. Terah Venzant Chambers roots her discussion in the concept of racial opportunity cost, using a term borrowed from economics to refer to the obstacles faced and tradeoffs made by Black and Latinx students on the path to academic success.


Racial Opportunity Cost advances the study of academic achievement for students of color into new terrain. Venzant Chambers demonstrates convincingly that we should not close our eyes to the passageways of high-achieving minoritized students in white-normed school settings, as their experiences tell us so much about entrenched racialized norms that inflict pain and trauma on even the most successful students of color. — James D. Anderson, dean of the College of Education and Edward William and Jane Marr Gutgsell Professor of Education, University of Illinois

This book seeks to put school failure on its head by highlighting high-achieving students of color instead of those that fail. This is indeed refreshing. It also highlights the ‘costs’ associated with their success—and offers a framework that teachers can use to assist them. — Gilberto Q. Conchas, Wayne K. and Anita Woolfolk Hoy Endowed Professorship of Education, Pennsylvania State University

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About the Author

Terah Venzant Chambers is a professor of K–12 Educational Administration and the Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in the College of Education at Michigan State University.

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