October 4, 2011 § Leave a Comment
Last week, I wrote about Rick Hess’s article in the current issue of National Affairs, where he unbundles what he calls our “Achievement Gap Mania.” Hess explores the unintended consequences of our approaches to closing the achievement gap.
I was fundamentally moved by the piece and wrote about one of its themes in a post entitled Mind the Gap: The Narrowing. Today, I’d like to focus on a second highlight/theme of the article.
Highlight #2: Guided by altruism and social justice, our achievement gap mania has focused exclusively on educating students of color living in poverty. This has alienated middle class families and reinforced segregated schooling.
September 26, 2011 § 1 Comment
On Wednesday, National Affairs published a new article by Rick Hess, entitled “Our Achievement Gap Mania.” It is a provocative piece that should make anyone who considers themselves an ‘ed reformer’ stop and take a good hard look at the movement and their contribution to it. « Read the rest of this entry »