That minority and low-income children often perform
poorly on tests is well known. But the fact that they do so because we
systematically expect less from them is not. Most Americans assume that
the low achievement of poor and minority children is bound up in the
children themselves or their families. "The children don't try." "They
have no place to study." "Their parents don't care." "Their culture does
not value education." These and other excuses are regularly offered up
to explain the achievement gap that separates poor and minority students
from other young Americans.
But these are red herrings. The fact is that we know
how to educate poor and minority children of all kinds—racial, ethnic,
and language—to high levels. Some teachers and some entire schools do it
every day, year in and year out, with outstanding results. But the
nation as a whole has not yet acted on that knowledge. …
Apr 29th, 2015
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