Category: Equalization, Educational

  • Pushing Past the Achievement Gap: An Essay on the Language of Deficit

    1/1/07 - Ladson-Billings, Gloria

    Part of a special issue celebrating the 75th anniversary of The Journal of Negro Education. There has been an intense focus on the achievement gap that exists between African American, Latino, and other students of color and their white counterparts, but this discourse keeps everyone locked in the deficit paradigm. The current concern with an achievement gap is substantive and semantic, does not take into account the other gaps that plague the lives of poor children of color, and suggests...

  • Structural Inequities and the Achievement Gap in Urban Schools

    1/1/04 - Talbert-Johnson, Carolyn

    The achievement gap between African-American students and their peers in urban schools can only be eliminated through policies that offer equal access to well-qualified competent instructors. There is a need for culturally responsive teachers that are more aware of the academic and behavioral requirements of students in urban settings. A transformation of practices in teacher education programs is needed to make these programs places where preservice candidates learn to adopt pedagogies that...

  • The Achievement Gap: Issues of Competition, Class, and Race

    1/1/03 - Hunter, Richard C., Bartee, RoSusan

    The abolition of the achievement gap between racial majority and minority students will require more than the implementation of the principles proposed by the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act of 2001. Founded upon the market-based contextual framework of competition and choice in public education, standardized test scores, and the presumption of equal access and opportunity in schools and society, this act represents a flawed approach to the improvement of standards in public education...

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