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ERIC Number: EJ809287
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 7
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1539-9664
An Appeal to Authority: The New Paternalism in Urban Schools
Whitman, David
Education Next, v8 n4 p52-58 Fall 2008
By the time youngsters reach high school in the United States, the achievement gap is immense. Some remarkable inner-city schools, however, are showing that the achievement gap can be closed, even at the middle and high school level, if poor minority kids are given the right kind of instruction. In this article, the author features six schools that have successfully closed the achievement gap. These schools share a trait that has been largely ignored by education researchers: They are "paternalistic institutions." Paternalistic schools are highly prescriptive institutions that teach students not just how to think, but also how to act according to what are commonly termed traditional, middle-class values. (Contains 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United States