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

Categories

Education, Student achievements/Urban schools, Metaphor, Race differences

Authors

Cross, Beverly E.

Published

2007, Summer

Abstract

Part of a special issue on urban education. The writer critiques the metaphor of the achievement gap between poor students in urban schools and their suburban, white middle-class counterparts. She argues that this achievement gap metaphor conceals the reality of an apartheid education system, capturing imagination and consciousness about minority groups while veiling cultural superiority, cultural imperialism, and unearned white privilege.

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