Closing the achievement gap between rich and poor, a teacher writes, will first require Americans to recognize a far more uncomfortable reality: The policies employed to purportedly address the struggles of low-income children have ushered in a new...
Mary Perfitt-Nelson's insight:
Yes, poverty makes a huge difference in student achievement.
Love the last sentence: (Good schools) emerge from healthy, stable communities. That is, they emerge from a commitment to justice.
Justice requires that we work to restore those who have been injured. Those most directly involved and affected by crime should have the opportunity to participate fully in the response if they wish. Government's role is to preserve a just public order, and the community's is to build and maintain a just peace.
Vanity FairDC's Gaping Wound: Income and Education Gaps Are Gutting MobilityHuffington Post (blog)Of the two rivers that cup our nation's capital -- the Potomac and the Anacostia -- the latter of the two is, perhaps, the most apt reflection of...
An article in the Chronicle of Higher Education sums up the disconnect that graduate students with working class roots can feel from their families. In a book called Reading Classes: On Culture an...
Mary Perfitt-Nelson's insight:
Very interesting read regarding the struggles that college grads from working class backgrounds must endure.
"Nowhere do working class lives and cultures clash more than in higher education…For working class people who cross the class divide, there are stories and sacrifices that have precious little voice and find no ear to listen” (p. 150)."
"Everyone talks at the same time, kids run and play, and football is on the television. Inside the small kitchen, the women stir, bake, gossip, and laugh."
So much resonates with me. Folks like us straddle the fence for life. There is guilt attached to that. We are protective of our roots. Still, we "know" a better way.
In this webcast based on his publication, "The Role of the Principal in Dropout Prevention: Seven Key Principles", Dr. Steven W. Edwards discusses the Seven Key Principles that will provide school leaders with low-cost yet effective ways to encourage all students to stay in school.
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