Palo Alto students narrow achievement gap
Original post made on Sep 5, 2012
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on Sep 5, 2012 at 8:37 am
Congratulations!!! It's about time.
on Sep 5, 2012 at 9:20 am
As some of you have suggested in the past, the moment we get away from these 'race' labels to group our students, we'll do a much better job addressing their needs.
A 'race' label is a convenient/simplistic way of grouping students, without taking into account personal/family/cultural differences when it comes to academics and priorities in life.
Unfortunately we have lots of people who quickly jump to conclusions, play the 'race' card to advance their own agendas, and then we end up in politically correct debates which don't lead to anything.
As a point of reference, being a south-of-the-border immigrant myself, I'm pretty sure that many of the low-income/non-English speaking kids who are falling behind in PAUSD, would equally fall behind in their countries of origin (or their parents'). It's not a race issue, it's family's level of education primarily, and it's just a fact of life that people will perform differently. The achievement gap will always be there, and we are better off focusing our limited resources on items we can control at school.
on Sep 5, 2012 at 10:29 am
Why did Mitchell abstain?