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Ohanian Comment: Philip Kovacs offers a useful piece you can send to your local papers when they indict schools for the achievement gap.

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by Philip Kovacs

Reducing the âachievement gapâ to what goes on inside of schools has proven to be an effective way for policy makers to ignore all of the other âgapsâ outside of Americaâs classrooms. While researcher after researcher has shown that outside influences contribute to student performance and achievement, proponents of NCLB refuse to listen, focusing solely on schools as if they exist in a vacuum.

Rather than focusing exclusively on the âachievement gap,â policy makers and educational reformers must consider policies that help reduce other âgapsâ existing within our country. Gaps that could be narrowed in order to improve the lives and schooling of all students include but are not limited to:
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⢠The incarceration gap, where six times as many African Americans are behind bars compared to their white counterparts

⢠The homeowner gap, where 72% of white Americans own their homes compared to 48% of African Americans

⢠The healthcare gap, where 71% of white Americans are insured compared to 54% of African Americans

⢠The earnings gap, where white Americans average over $20,000 more a year than African Americans

⢠The poverty rate gap, where 8% of white Americans live below the poverty line while 24% of African Americans do so

⢠The uninsured gap, where 11.3% of white Americans lack insurance while 19.6% of African Americans do so

⢠The unemployment gap, where 5.7% of white Americans are unemployed while 13.2% of African Americans are without work

⢠A happiness gap, where 72% of white youths say they are happy with life in general compared to 56% of their African American counterparts

— Philip Kovacs
Educator Roundtable

2007-08-22

http://educatorroundtable.net/showDiary.do?diaryId=299

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