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ERIC Number: EJ982179
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Feb
Pages: 5
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 14
ISSN: ISSN-0013-1784
Senseless Extravagance, Shocking Gaps
Weissbourd, Richard; Dodge, Trevor
Educational Leadership, v69 n5 p74-78 Feb 2012
Although most people in the United States believe, at least theoretically, in educational equality, fewer and fewer appear to care about the resource gaps between affluent and poor schools, says Weissbourd. He illustrates these gaps with vivid descriptions of what he calls an "opulence arms race" among affluent independent schools, but points out that some well-to-do suburban public schools have also fallen into the trap of over-spending on luxuries that do not promote learning. In the meantime, middle-class and poor schools are cutting arts and sports programs, laying off teachers, and scrambling to provide basic supplies. Weissbourd calls on parents and educators to become more aware of "the frightening degree to which we are passing on and locking in inequality" and to recognize that educational equality is the heart of any healthy, just democracy.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United States