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ERIC Number: EJ798614
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Jun
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0031-7217
Building the Movement to End Educational Inequity
Kopp, Wendy
Phi Delta Kappan, v89 n10 p734-736 Jun 2008
Teach for America exists to address educational inequity--the stunning reality that the American nation, which aspires so admirably to be a land of equal opportunity, where one is born still largely determines one's educational outcomes. Despite plenty of evidence that children growing up in poverty can do well academically--when given the opportunities they deserve--the stark reality in America today is that the 13 million children growing up below the poverty line are already three grade levels behind children in high-income communities by the time they are 9 years old. Moreover, even the half of low-income children who do manage to graduate from high school are performing, on average, at the level of eighth-graders who live in affluent communities. Educators believe that the foremost reason is that children in low-income communities face extra challenges of poverty that other children do not face, including lack of adequate health care and housing and lack of access to high-quality preschool programs. The situation is compounded by the fact that the schools they attend were not designed to put children facing extra disadvantages on a level playing field with students in other areas. These circumstances persist because the national policies and practices, driven by national priorities, have not been sufficient to tackle either the socioeconomic challenges or the inadequacies in school systems. Teach for America, can solve this problem because they see evidence in classrooms across the country that, when students growing up in poverty are given the opportunities they deserve, they excel. The evidence indicates that the approach is working.
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Language: English
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