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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