School: an institution for educating children.
Education: the process of receiving or giving systematic instruction, especially at a school or university.
Child: a young human being below the age of puberty or below the legal age of majority.
This article published in Chalkbeat, “50 years ago, one report introduced Americans to the black-white achievement gap. Here’s what we’ve learned since” and written by Heather C. Hill, A Harvard education professor explains,
“The report — colloquially known as the Coleman report after its lead author James S. Coleman — unveiled two major surprises. First, it revealed an enormous achievement gap between America’s black and white students. Second, it suggested that the gap arose largely from differences among families.
The logical conclusion: You can’t fix schools without trying to fix broader social inequality, too.”
We are concentrated on fixing schools instead of changing attitudes.
The most common and overlooked factor in the education of children is the attitude adults have towards the children they are educating. As soon as this report was read by teachers, their attitude towards America’s Black students changed.
When all the research teachers read tells them that the reason for the achievement gap between White and Black students is poverty, those teachers teaching in poor neighborhoods will believe that the children in those neighborhoods are less capable of learning and therefore do no offer the same level of instruction they would children in affluent neighborhoods.
The fact that teachers are offered more money to teach in poor urban neighborhood schools suggests that their jobs will be more difficult because the students will be harder to teach and or control.
A school is a building and trying to fix schools simply means changing the way you do the same thing.
Providing a child with an education does not depend on a building but an attitude of belief that the child can learn.
We are concentrated on fixing schools when it is the attitude of society that must change.
We must begin to believe that every child is gifted and talented regardless of their socioeconomic status.
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