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Gateway Cities News: McMaster researcher examines where youth end up after high school, and why

McMaster University’s Karen Robson, an expert in at-risk youth, advocates for a better understanding of race and paths to post-secondary education.

Jul 28, 2017

What makes a high school student with special needs more or less likely to go onto postsecondary education?... McMaster University’s Karen Robson, an expert in at-risk youth, has been analyzing student census data from the Toronto District School Board (TDSB) dating back to 2006 and has come up with some answers...

“Long story short, we found that black males with special education needs taking mostly applied classes seemed to be disproportionately shut out of postsecondary,” ...

“One of the things we do badly in Canada is talk about race,” she says. “By not having these conversations and not measuring outcomes, it continues to matter in insidious ways: black students get funnelled and have incredibly limited life chances in terms of social mobility.”

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