What’s behind the academic achievement gap?

 

It’s no secret that the academic “achievement” gap has been a go-to meme for educators, policymakers and the public-at-large for years. It’s been used as a scapegoat for the lack of diversity not only in higher education, but in a wide swathe of industries as well.  For black Americans particularly, the gap has been seen as a sort of tacit cultural indictment. But are black people, or more specifically black parents at fault for not properly preparing their children to be educated in the American school system? Researchers Keith Robinson and Angel L. Harris say the evidence suggests other factors are at play.

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Who to blame for the achievement gap?

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