ERIC Number: EJ1161598
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018
Abstractor: As Provided
The Dialectical Problematic of Resolving the Black-White Academic Achievement Gap and Climate Change
Mocombe, Paul C.
Diaspora, Indigenous, and Minority Education, v12 n1 p42-50 2018
In this article, I argue that resolving the Black-White academic achievement gap is incompatible with the emerging issues of global climate change. That is, solutions (equitable funding of schools and resources, school integration movements, and after-school and mentoring programs) for closing the gap in order so that Blacks in America and elsewhere can achieve equality of opportunity, recognition, and distribution with their White and Asian counterparts within the global capitalist world system undermine efforts to combat climate change caused by the aforementioned capitalist form of system and social integration. Climate change, via global warming associated with overaccumulation, resource depletion, pollution, and so forth, is a product of capitalist exploitation of the planet, and efforts to resolve the Black-White academic achievement gap, which is a product of capitalist structural reproduction and differentiation, seeks to integrate Blacks into the global capitalist world system so as to achieve equality of opportunity, recognition, and distribution with Whites. Doing the latter requires continuous economic growth within the finite resource framework of the earth, overaccumulation, and consumerism, which in turn perpetuate capitalism as a form of system and social integration amid its devastating effects (i.e., exploitation, ecological devastation, global warming, pollution, imperial wars, overaccumulation, and resource depletion).
Descriptors: African American Students, White Students, Achievement Gap, Racial Differences, Equal Education, Racial Bias, Economic Factors, Pollution, War, Ecology, United States History, Social Systems, Educational Equity (Finance), Access to Education, Social Bias, African Americans
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