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Surprising truths about the achievment gap in education

Posted By Rob Schofield On April 29, 2013 @ 2:01 pm In Uncategorized | Comments Disabled

Professor Sean Reardon of Stanford University has a fascinating article in the New York Times today (“No Rich Child left Behind”) [1] about what really lies at the root of the growing achievement gap in the American education system.

Here are some of his findings:

  • The gap between poor and rich kids is growing.
  • The gap is not about race as much as it is about income.
  • The gap is not a product of “failing” schools; average American are smarter and perform better than their parents.
  • Much of the gap is attributable to early childhood education — especially the challenging and stimulating upbringings that wealthy parents are providing to their pre-school children.
  • The gap appears to be self-reinforcing; smarter, higher achieving kids end up with better, higher-paying jobs and the wherewithal to help their children.
  • Improving our early childhood parenting may be even more important than improving our schools and teachers.

Read Reardon’s entire article by clicking here [1]. It’s clearly food for thought. 


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[1] a fascinating article in the New York Times today (“No Rich Child left Behind”): http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/04/27/no-rich-child-left-behind/

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