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American Culture and the Achievement Gap
What is an “achievement gap?” The achievement gap on which this article focuses is the academic achievement gap between African-American and Caucasian students in American schools. It seems that even when the parents of African-American children have university degrees, their children still have lower test scores than the children of Caucasian parents with college degrees. This holds true at all levels of parental education. Why? While there are a myriad of reasons for the academic achievement gap between races, including institutionalized racism, low teacher expectations, poor schools, limited experiential backgrounds, etc., this article focuses on American culture and the “dumbing” of America as one often overlooked reason.
There is an overall American attitude that stupidity is “cute,” “cool,” and trendy. Witness the appalling lack of knowledge on the part of Paris Hilton during a court proceeding, in which she was asked a question about “Great Britain” and obviously did not know that England is part of Great Britain. (It had to be explained to her, after which, she pouted and rolled her eyes.) When a rich, pampered, role model socialite from one of the wealthiest families in America exhibits such ignorance, after a presumably excellent education in private schools, is it any wonder that other young people don’t worry about getting a good education and using it? They look at what she has and how stupid she acts and think they don’t need “smarts” to become rich and successful!
THE NATIONAL URBAN ALLIANCE FOR EFFECTIVE EDUCATION
Eliminating the Gap between Potential and Achievement
Alliance President Eric Cooper is our guest
Presented by MIND RESEARCH INSTITUTE www.mindresearch.net @mind_research
The top 10 things your district should be doing to close the achievement gap..
10 Things that school districts can do to close the achievement gap... Is your School District on course or are they far away? Listen In and decide.
Listen in as I describe the ten things that teachers can do to close the achievement gap.
Is your childs teacher doing any of these things?
Why do some students excel in school and others seem to fail? Is the notion of the education achievement gap a reality or myth? Renowned educator and expert Dr. Sharla Benson-Brown joins Let's Talk America with Host Shana Thornton on Tuesday, September 17, 2013 at 7:30 pm EST to address the issues of educating a child in today's school system. Dr. Benson-Brown will be taking live callers throughout the show. Simply call (914) 803-4284 to speak with the featured guest. This show will empower everyone!
If you ask any major policy maker on both sides of the ideological aisle about the achievement gap, most would say they support reforms to address it.
Lawmakers enact legislation with the idea of fixing this glaring injustice in our education system. Reformers for and against No Child Left Behind, charter schools, school choice and even common core use the achievement gap data in support of their positions.
But what are the facts? Is their an achievement gap between African American, Latino, Asian and White American students? If so where did it come from and more importantly how do we close it?
In this episode we will look for answers to these pressing questions. What do you think? Call in to Education Policy Cafe and let us know your thoughts!
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