I apologize for the delay in posting this:
We read in class about the gap in math scores on state tests. In more affluent communities the scores are higher and in high-need communities the scores are lower. We also began to explore the controversial issue of “language”. As a class we acknowledged the social vs. “test” of academic language.
What are we supposed to do with this information? If there is discrimination in the system, how can we as 18 yr olds do something about this? What responsibility do state legislators have to close this gap? What seems to be the real issue here?
“The government either has to change the parents, change the tests, or retrain the teachers.”
Are there any other options?
For those of you that want more insight check out Jonathan Kozol's book Savage Inequalities (excerpted here)