The Missing Element in Reducing the Learning Gap: Eliminating the "Blank Stare"
by Stanley Pogrow ó October 03, 2004
This article views the failure of policy to reduce the learning gap over the past decade as a function of the reforms to solve the most pervasive and fundamental learning blockage faced by disadvantaged students and their teachers. This most fundamental problem is viewed as the tendency of the students to stare when asked an open-ended, analytical question. The basis thesis is that the learning gap cannot be reduced substantially, and that disadvantaged students cannot achieve at their full considerable intellectual potential, until this fundamental problem is solved. This article draws on the authorís experience both as a teacher in inner city schools and as a researcher to explain the cause of the stare, and the keys to eliminating the problem.
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