Fixing education inequalities will require fixing broader societal inequities posted September 27, 2017 at 12:19 pm by Elaine Weiss and Emma García states:
“In Reducing and averting achievement gaps, we show that there was a large gap in preparedness between high and low social class students who began school in the fall of 2010. Furthermore, this gap changed very little over the prior twelve years. And it’s not only a matter of math and reading skills—there are similar gaps in social and emotional skills, which interact with and inform those traditional academic abilities.”
Immediately these researchers divide children into categories of high and low class. This is disturbing since given their bias, it is relevant to assume that their criteria for assessment does not consider the culture of “low class” students to be acceptable as a norm.
” If, as a country, we want to narrow the gaps in reading, math, and social and emotional skills—gaps that exist when low social class students enter kindergarten, and dog them throughout their academic careers—we need to ensure that many fewer children grow up in such deprived contexts. So beyond investing in the education system, we urge the expansion of health care, and a much stronger social safety net that boosts incomes for vulnerable families through policies such as unemployment insurance, Social Security Disability Insurance, cash assistance, the earned income tax credit, and the child and dependent care tax credit.
. . . Because until we tackle the huge inequities at the core of these early gaps, we will continue to live with them.”
The answer to the failure of education for these authors is more money. Unfortunately many people believe this and billions of dollars have been spent on education initiatives with little to no result.
The failure of education is because it is a system that assesses students according to an artificial norm that is dependent upon financial status to drive its intent.
We must change our current system of education so that it concentrates on the child not the money they may or may not have.
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