Class and Schools: Using Social, Economic, and Educational Reform to Close the Black-White Achievement Gap / Edition 1

Class and Schools: Using Social, Economic, and Educational Reform to Close the Black-White Achievement Gap / Edition 1

by Richard Rothstein
     
 

It seems to be a common-sense argument that, if teachers know how to teach reading, or math, or any other subject, and if schools emphasize the importance of these tasks and permit no distractions, children should be able to learn regardless of their family income or skin color. But this perspective is misleading and dangerous. It ignores how social class… See more details below

Overview

It seems to be a common-sense argument that, if teachers know how to teach reading, or math, or any other subject, and if schools emphasize the importance of these tasks and permit no distractions, children should be able to learn regardless of their family income or skin color. But this perspective is misleading and dangerous. It ignores how social class characteristics in a stratified society like ours influence learning in school. For nearly half a century, the association between social and economic disadvantage and the student achievement gap has been well known to economists, sociologists, and educators. Most, however, have avoided the obvious implication of this understanding, that raising the achievement of lower-class children requires that public policy address the social and economic conditions of these children's lives, not just school reform.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780807745564
Publisher:
Teachers College Press
Publication date:
10/07/2004
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
224
Sales rank:
255,106
Product dimensions:
6.12(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.56(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Ch. 1Social class, student achievement, and the black-white achievement gap13
Ch. 2Schools that 'beat the demographic odds'61
Ch. 3Standardized testing and cognitive skills85
Ch. 4The social class gap in non-cognitive skills95
Ch. 5Reforms that could help narrow the gap129
AppWhat employers say about graduates151

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