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Journal Article: Pushing past the achievement gap: An essay on the language of deficit

Categories

Academic Achievement, Racial and Ethnic Differences, Social, Equality

Authors

Ladson-Billings, Gloria

Published

2007, Sum

Abstract

Despite the intense focus on the achievement gap that exists between African American, Latino, and other students of color and their White counterparts, the achievement gap discourse keeps us locked in the deficit paradigm. This article challenges us to look at the inherent fallacies of the achievement gap discourse and place students' academic struggles in the larger context of social failure including health, wealth, and funding gaps that impede their school success. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2008 APA ) (journal abstract)

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