Unfinished Business Closing the Racial Achievement Gap in Our Schools

ISBN-10: 0470384441

ISBN-13: 9780470384442

Edition: 2006

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One of the persisting problems facing schools is the achievement gap between White students and their African American and Latino peers. What are the causes of this disparity? Why has it been so difficult to narrow the gap? And, how can the actions of ordinary educators and parents have an impact on the problem? To answer these questions, Pedro Noguera and his collaborators spent four years investigating the dynamics of race and achievement at Berkeley High School -- a large, comprehensive public high school with a diverse student population. All aspects of schooling were examined -- from organizational structure to classroom assignments. The authors reveal the hidden inequities of schools -- where cultural attitudes, academic tracking, curricular access, after-school activities, and more serve as sorting mechanisms that set students on predetermined paths of success or failure. The good news is that something can be done. Among the findings -- leadership is key to guiding change and keeping it on track, parents of underachieving students must be organized to be heard, and wider access is needed to the best courses and teachers. While the task of closing the achievement gap is complex and daunting, Noguera and his colleagues believe there are concrete things that parents, educators, and the larger community can do now. They believe that the lessons learned at Berkeley High will inspire others around the country to improve the prospects for students from all walks of life.
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List price: $18.95
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Incorporated
Publication date: 8/18/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 356
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.144
Language: English

Preface to the Paperback Edition
The Editors
The Structure and Culture of Inequality in Schools
Introduction: Unfinished Business: Closing the Achievement Gap at Berkeley High School
Structuring Inequality at Berkeley High
Integration Across Campus, Segregation Across Classrooms: A Close-up Look at Privilege
The Discipline Gap and the Normalization of Failure
Agency in the Fight for Equity
Changing Teacher Practice and Student Outcomes
Creating Demand for Equity: Transforming the Role of Parents in Schools
Songs of Experience: Student Reflections on Four Years at Berkeley High
Conclusion: Lessons Learned: The Limits and Possibilities of Using Research to Counter Racial Inequality
Epilogue: Finishing School
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