"Black Skin, White Masks": Normalizing Whiteness and the Trouble with the Achievement Gap by David E. Kirkland — August 17, 2010The article critiques the logic guiding the achievement gap. The author argues that most academic uses of the construct prop up what he terms "white-superiority ideology," thus reinforcing differences in achievement between whites and nonwhites. The article questions whether or not the achievement gap is real or, better yet, useful.
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- David Kirkland
New York University
DAVID E. KIRKLAND, assistant professor at New York University, is a transdisciplinary scholar of English and urban education, who studies urban youth culture, language, and literacy, urban teacher preparation, and digital media. He has received many awards for his work, including the 2008 AERA Division G Outstanding Dissertation Award and was a Ford Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow and former fellow of NCTE’s Cultivating New Voices. Dr. Kirkland has published widely. His most recent articles include: “English(es) in urban contexts: Politics, Pluralism, and Possibilities” (English Education) and “We real cool: Examining Black males and literacy” (Reading Research Quarterly). He is currently completing his fourth book, A Search Past Silence, to be published in TCPress ‘s Language and Literacy Series.