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Richard Rothstein Outlines Reforms that Could Narrow the Achievement Gap

Without complementary investments in early childhood education, health care, housing, after-school and summer programs, and other social and economic supports, the academic achievement gap between lower- and middle-class children will never be closed.

Richard Rothstein Outlines Reforms that Could Narrow the Achievement Gap

Without complementary investments in early childhood education, health care, housing, after-school and summer programs, and other social and economic supports, the academic achievement gap between lower- and middle-class children will never be closed.

"If as a society we choose to preserve big social class differences, we must necessarily also accept substantial gaps between the achievement of lower-class and middle-class children. Closing those gaps requires not only better schools, although those are certainly needed, but also reform in the social and economic institutions that prepare children to learn in different ways. It will not be cheap," says Rothstein in the new policy report. 

The report is available at: http://www.wested.org/online_pubs/pp-06-02.pdf

Published Friday, Jun. 16, 2006

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Richard Rothstein Outlines Reforms that Could Narrow the Achievement Gap

Richard Rothstein Outlines Reforms that Could Narrow the Achievement Gap

Without complementary investments in early childhood education, health care, housing, after-school and summer programs, and other social and economic supports, the academic achievement gap between lower- and middle-class children will never be closed.

"If as a society we choose to preserve big social class differences, we must necessarily also accept substantial gaps between the achievement of lower-class and middle-class children. Closing those gaps requires not only better schools, although those are certainly needed, but also reform in the social and economic institutions that prepare children to learn in different ways. It will not be cheap," says Rothstein in the new policy report. 

The report is available at: http://www.wested.org/online_pubs/pp-06-02.pdf

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