Phenomenal article cuts to the core of the current ed reform debates.
Some important quotes:
"In other words, the majority of people in the United States remain in the social class of their birth.
Poverty is destiny, and affluence is destiny in the United States. And these facts have almost nothing to do with the effort of anyone in those categories.
This is the statistical norm in the United States: Each of us is destined to the class of our parents. Those who are socially mobile upward are outliers, and to promote social policy based on the claim that “poverty is not destiny” is to make an ideological claim that has no basis in evidence. And worse, it makes an unwarranted implication that normal outcomes are somehow the result of inherent flaws in the majority of people who live their lives in the class into which they were born."
The ideological arguments of the “No Excuses” Reformers are perpetuating inequity by ignoring the evidence and creating policy that scapegoats teachers and schools.