Closing the Racial Achievement Gap in Our Schools
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"Fulfilling the promise of public education is the reason
that so many schools and districts are now working
desperately to find ways to close the achievement gap. The
persistence of wide disparities in achievement that
correspond with the race and class backgrounds of students
serves as a reminder that America remains a deeply divided
nation, a place where the lines separating the haves and the
have-nots are manifest in every facet of our lives."
--from the Preface
In this groundbreaking book, co-editors Pedro Noguera and
Jean Yonemura Wing and their collaborators investigated the
dynamics of race and achievement at Berkeley High School--a
large public high school that the New York Times
called "the most integrated high school in America."
Berkeley's diverse student population clearly illustrates
the "achievement gap" phenomenon in our schools. Unfinished
Business brings to light the hidden inequities of
schools--where cultural attitudes, academic tracking,
curricular access, and after-school activities serve as
sorting mechanisms that set students on paths of success or
UNFINISHED BUSINESS examines the results of the Berkeley
High School Diversity Project, a six year research and
organizing project that brought together high school
students, parents, teachers, staff, and university
researchers to explore how a school and a community can act
together to address the racial disparities that exist in
academic performance. The book explores what factors
contribute to the disparity in academic achievement between
students of different racial and class backgrounds, and
identifies the factors that are responsible for the racial
separation of students within the school.
UNFINISHED BUSINESS analyzes the successes and failures the
project members encountered during their work and describes
the revelations and insights they gained during the project.
While the task of closing the achievement gap is daunting,
Unfinished Business explains the concrete steps that
parents, educators, and the larger community can take to
help close the education gap in their community.
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