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ERIC Number: EJ759769
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Oct
Pages: 10
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 77
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0013-189X
From the Achievement Gap to the Education Debt: Understanding Achievement in U.S. Schools
Ladson-Billings, Gloria
Educational Researcher, v35 n7 p3-12 Oct 2006
The "achievement gap" is one of the most talked-about issues in U.S. education. The term refers to the disparities in standardized test scores between Black and White, Latina/o and White, and recent immigrant and White students. This article argues that a focus on the gap is misplaced. Instead, we need to look at the "education debt" that has accumulated over time. This debt comprises historical, economic, sociopolitical, and moral components. The author draws an analogy with the concept of national debt--which she contrasts with that of a national budget deficit--to argue the significance of the education debt. (Contains 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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