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The Endless Search for Silver Bullets


by Iris C. Rotberg — October 16, 2014

The controversy over the Common Core is the most recent diversion from addressing the basic problems that contribute to the achievement gap between low- and high-income students. In the past decade, the focus has been on charter schools and testing. An enormous amount of time has been spent on promoting, implementing, and debating these initiatives in the hope that they would somehow narrow the achievement gap, even while poverty persisted and income and wealth gaps increased. These policies, which began with high—perhaps, more accurately, unrealistic—expectations, turned out to be irrelevant to narrowing the gap and, in some cases, reduced rather than expanded opportunities for low-income students. This commentary describes the futility of continuing to rely on “solutions” that do not address the underlying problems, serve only to detract attention from the far more fundamental changes that are needed, and risk increasing current inequities.


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: October 16, 2014
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 17723, Date Accessed: 12/17/2017 8:33:11 AM

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  • Iris Rotberg
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