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How to Close Achievement Gaps

Group of Friends SmilingAchievement gaps between white students and African-American, Latino, and poor white students are endemic in American society. This is even true where there is a strong middle class population of color. The reasons most often given for these achievement gaps are poverty, broken families, crime-ridden neighborhoods, a decline in moral values, and racism. Other reasons cited are unequal funding and unequal access to educational resources for children of poverty and disadvantaged children. It is hard to argue that a child who shows up at school hungry and afraid  is ready to learn. Many of us in teaching receive children in this condition everyday. So I would be foolish to discount these factors in creating and sustaining the Achievement Gap in this country. Continue reading