Sunday, May 15, 2005

Intractable racial achievement gap

The racial academic achievement gap in Chicago (and presumably elsewhere) remains intractable. According to figures from the Consortium on Chicago School Research published in the Chicago Sun-Times the gulf is now over 40 percentage points in reading and math. How Hispanics fit in is not clear from the data.

The achievement gap between blacks and whites has stayed the same since 1990, and absent significant changes, the gulf could persist for much of the 21st century, according to new research by a University of Chicago economist.
Clearly, there is a crisis here that cries out for a solution.

3 comments:

Quincy said...

Intractable my ass. There are schools, such as the Amistad Academy in CT, that are showing exactly how to close the gap. Discipline combined with high expectations. So long as both of those are shunned, the gap will remain, and the education of everyone of every race will be diminished.

Instructivist said...

"There are schools, such as the Amistad Academy in CT, that are showing exactly how to close the gap."

I had a post on Amistad. See here:

http://instructivist.blogspot.com/2005/04/what-lousy-schools-could-learn.html

There are other examples. Prof. Plum just discussed one.

But it seems that ideology coupled with inertia, stupidity and what have you will continue to condemn future generations of disadvantaged children.

Quincy said...

I remember that post. My theory about why the education establishment won't change is ego, pure and simple. No matter how much evidence proves otherwise, they're not wrong.

In short, the people will have to change before the ideas can.