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The racial academic achievement gap cannot be closed insegregated schools

Rothstein, Richard (2015) The racial academic achievement gap cannot be closed insegregated schools. USApp– American Politics and Policy Blog (10 Apr 2015). Website.

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In the first of two posts, Richard Rothstein unpacks the reasons behind the gap in achievement between African American school students and white students. While many have suggested that this gap can be addressed solely through improving schools, he argues that school reforms will have only limited effect as long as the concentrated social and economic disadvantages facing black children and their families remain unaddressed. He writes that school and neighborhood segregation are a major contributor towards the achievement gap: in Detroit for example, the typical black student attends a school where 3 percent of students are white, and 84 percent are low income. Only by undoing the racial isolation of disadvantaged black children’s’ schools, can the achievement gap be substantially narrowed.

Item Type: Online resource (Website)
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Additional Information: © 2015 The Author
Divisions: LSE
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education
Date Deposited: 15 May 2015 15:29
Last Modified: 16 May 2024 07:47

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