This book explores and contextualizes South Asian Americans' experiences and challenges in K-12 schools, especially in context of teacher cultural proficiency and the model minority myth. Through stories, research, and data, this book provides insights and guidance for improving these and all students' experiences in increasingly diverse schools.
Chapter 1. Brown Voices in Context -- What Multicultural Education Looks Like -- What Actually Happens -- Research Methodology -- The Findings -- Notes -- Chapter 2. The Myth of the Perfect Brown Kids -- Challenges in the Classroom and The Myth -- Teachers and the Myth: A Pre-Study -- Findings: Exploratory Survey -- Findings: Group Interview -- Student and Teachers Beliefs in the Myth: Findings from the Full Study -- Outside the Classroom -- The Myth and The Classroom -- Notes -- Chapter 3. The Myth and Students' Support Needs -- Academic Support; Executive Functioning Support; Socioemotional Support -- The Exceptions -- Teachers of Brown Students -- Notes -- Chapter 4. Teacher Cultural Proficiency -- A Teacher's Duty -- Multicultural Teaching Through the Years -- When Teachers Have Low Cultural Proficiency -- South Asian Americans and Teacher Cultural Proficiency -- The Teachers' Side of the Story on Cultural Proficiency -- Notes -- Chapter 5. A Roadmap: Part 1: Educators; Broader Benefits -- Part 2: Family and Community -- Part 3: Policymakers and Researchers -- So, Now What? -- Notes -- Chapter 6. What to Know About Brown Kids Teaching Brown Kids -- Diverse Brown People -- Complex Brown Identity and Perception -- Hybrid Identities -- An Invisible Struggle -- The Representation Problem -- Conclusion -- Notes -- References -- Appendices.