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|Posted By: Dick Schutz on October 29, 2010|
|Egads! What we can do with our minds! |
We can invent a construct called "Whiteness" and pair it with a construct, "Normalizing," to deny a phenomenon that has been noted for at least four decades: the standardized achievement test scores of students from Black/Hispanic/low SES families in the US are consistently lower than those from from White/ASIAN (note: non-white ASIAN) families.
The "trouble with the achievement gap" is not with the gap, but with the fact that the tests which produce the gap shed no light on the instruction the students have received or should receive in the future; the instruction that produces the gap remains a black box between Standards and Standardized Tests. Each year we continue the same instruction and the same tests, expecting different results.
It's not in the kids or their parents, and its not in racial/cultural stereotypes. It's in the instruction.
Hopefully the author's forth book (that is fourthcoming) will straighten these matters out.