ERIC Number: ED489010
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2005-May
The Achievement Gap in U.S. Education: Canaries in the Mine
Rowman & Littlefield Education
There has been very little progress in closing the Black/White achievement gap in education. In this book, the author Mano Singham takes a look at this problem in the context of larger political realities and contends that in order to understand this gap, we must determine what is happening within the educational system as a whole. This book examines: (1) Why learning is viewed negatively by students; (2) Why good teaching practices are relatively rare in U.S. schools; (3) Why poor teaching practices occur more frequently in minority and poor districts; and (4) Why the accountability movement and its emphasis on high-stakes tests will fail to produce improvements. This book identifies: (1) Factors that lead to widespread underachievement; (2) Professional development programs necessary to produce good teaching practices; (3) Negative political and social consequences of the achievement gap; (4) Common myths about its cause such as socio-economic status, social pathologies, and biology; and (5) Success stories where the gap has been closed or narrowed dramatically. This book will be of interest to teachers, school administrators, parents, members of minority groups, and anyone else interested in improving education. The suggested solutions to this problem are such that almost all stakeholders in education can support them and will benefit from them. The content is offered in ten chapters: (1) Introduction; (2) Education in the Broad Political Context; (3) Myths about the Achievement Gap; (4) The Case against the Genetic Model; (5) Income, Wealth, and the Achievement Gap; (6) Other Possible Causes of the Gap; (7) Success Stories and What We Can Learn from Them; (8) Why Good Teaching Matters and What It Takes to Achieve It; (9) Why Good Teaching Practices Are Relatively Rare in U.S. Schools and Even Rarer in Poor and Minority Schools and (10) How and Why Did It Get This Way?. An index is provided.
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Academic Achievement, Minority Group Children, African American Students, White Students, Racial Differences, Equal Education, Poverty, Student Attitudes, Accountability, Underachievement, Faculty Development, Politics of Education, Genetics, Educational Quality
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