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Bridging the Culture Gap


by Peter Sacks — June 18, 2007

Indeed, when it comes to education, “it’s economics, stupid”. Families having money and a good education isn’t the whole story, but wealth and education do produce the culture gaps that lead one child to college and another child to dropping out of school. The problem, then, is for policymakers to figure out the most productive ways that schools can help close those culture gaps. By attending more to the culture gap, the achievement gap will go a long way to righting itself. When middle school students understand how school now relates to their life in the future and are provided a reason for wanting to do well in school, they will. Affluent families give their children that. Disadvantaged children need it too, and we’ve got to find ways for them to get it -- if not from their families then from public institutions like schools.


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: June 18, 2007
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 14524, Date Accessed: 10/17/2017 10:46:21 AM

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  • Peter Sacks

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    PETER SACKS is an author and social critic. His new book, Tearing Down the Gates: Confronting the Class Divide in American Education, was just published by the University of California Press.
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