Journal Article: Urban School Achievement Gap as a Metaphor to Conceal U.S. Apartheid Education


URBAN schools, ACHIEVEMENT gap, EDUCATIONAL anthropology, SCHOOL environment, APARTHEID, OPPORTUNITY-to-learn standards, EDUCATION -- United States


Cross, Beverly E.


2007, Summer2007


Lawrence Erlbaum Associates


This article uses the metaphor of the achievement gap to make transparent, discuss, and critique the analytical frame/lens used in the articles to analyze urban education. Doing such an analysis is essential to producing an additional lens that has utility in theory and practice. It facilitates a historical analysis of urban education and leads to creating an argument for the new frame in advancing future work in urban education. This will not represent a response to the articles in the issue, but will advance possible alternative analytical frames, scholarly possibilities, and practical approaches to a new generation of urban educators (scholars, school educators, youth, and community members) who utilize the multiple voices, axes of analyses, and perspectives as a tool of urban education thinking, practice, and improvement. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]
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