September 28th, 2012

Education for All Shouldn’t Be About Rationing Limited Resources

RiShawn Biddle’s editorial board, who cover the reform of American public education in blog Dropout Nation, compiled three excerpts about the difficulty of trying to meet students’ advanced learning needs without exascerbating race- and class-driven acheivement gaps. The piece is called  — The Power of Challenging Young Minds. Excerpt authors are: Sara Mead of Bellwether Education in the Education Week blog, Barry Garelick in a response to Mead’s Education Week piece, and Geoffrey Canada, CEO of the Harlem Children’s Zone, in the Boston Review.

Here’s an excerpt by Mead:

Certainly, maximizing the abilities of our most talented youngsters is also an important part of developing our human capital. And there is evidence that our schools are not doing as much as they could on this front–particularly for talented low-income and minority students who often are not identified for these programs… But the grim reality is that in practice the gifted and talented label–and special programs for youngsters who wear it–often has less to do with meeting specific and unique needs of especially bright youngsters than with rationing access to a limited supply of quality educational options.

Click here for the full article.

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