Learning from schools that close opportunity gaps

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SARAH E. LACOUR (sarah.lacour@colorado.edu) is a doctoral candidate, University of Colorado Boulder.
ADAM YORK is a research associate, National Education Policy Center, University of Colorado Boulder.
KEVIN WELNER is a professor of education policy and director of the National Education Policy Center, University of Colorado Boulder.
MICHELLE RENÉE VALLADARES is associate director, National Education Policy Center, University of Colorado Boulder.
LINDA MOLNER KELLEY is codirector, Schools of Opportunity, University of Colorado Boulder.

3 comments

  • Rob Bligh

    The posted teaser headline is “Closing the Achievement Gap.” That is misleading in a manner that should be considered journalistically and pedagogically unethical. The article does seem to embody sensible rules for operating an effective, just, fair and equitable school. The article does not offer any guidance about how to close the academic achievement gaps that have successfully resisted all of the school “reforms” that our politicians have dreamed up and most of our K-12 practitioners and their collegiate training programs have foolishly and silently obeyed. School “reform” has been tried in America since at least 1965 and it has never worked. K-12 schools are not pedagogical hospitals that somehow “heal” defective students. They are merely schools and they cannot produce better students than they enroll. Except for very occasional and mostly unsubstantiated anecdotes fueled by magical thinking, schools have never succeeded at changing the fundamental nature of any student. The quality of any finished product is limited by the quality of the raw material no matter how skilled the artisan. America should stop asking schools to repair the damage inflicted on innocent children during the 91 percent of each childhood spent beyond the humane reach of K-12 teachers.

  • J Johansen

    Rob Bligh is correct! PDK should ask Rob to write an article about school improvement and all of the time and money wasted by educators on fads, grants, buildings designs, etc..

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