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The Culture of the Achievement Gap

Pedro Noguera, a visiting professor of Sociology and Education, said that talking about black culture in regards to academic achievement is "highly problematic" because it overlooks why some schools consistently produce high-achieving African-American students.
Pedro Noguera, a visiting professor of Sociology and Education, said that talking about black culture in regards to academic achievement is "highly problematic" because it overlooks why some schools consistently produce high-achieving African-American students. His comments counter Manhattan Institute senior fellows Abigail and Stephen Thernstorm's theory in No Excuses: Closing the Racial Gap in Learning, their new book that argues that the culture of African-American and Hispanic children impedes their likelihood for academic success.

Noguera is also the 2003-04 Sussman Visiting Professor of Education.

The article, entitled "Book Cites Role of Culture in Achievement Gap," appeared in the October 29 edition of Education Week

Published Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2003

The Culture of the Achievement Gap

Pedro Noguera, a visiting professor of Sociology and Education, said that talking about black culture in regards to academic achievement is "highly problematic" because it overlooks why some schools consistently produce high-achieving African-American students. His comments counter Manhattan Institute senior fellows Abigail and Stephen Thernstorm's theory in No Excuses: Closing the Racial Gap in Learning, their new book that argues that the culture of African-American and Hispanic children impedes their likelihood for academic success.

Noguera is also the 2003-04 Sussman Visiting Professor of Education.

The article, entitled "Book Cites Role of Culture in Achievement Gap," appeared in the October 29 edition of Education Week

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