Apr 29, 2020
In today’s episode, Sara and Misasha continue the election arc
with studies involving the root causes of educational
Join them to hear about educational inequality’s inextricable
link to income inequality, why it should matter to us all, what
needs to be resolved first, best practices, and more!
- Harvard Gazette profiled former Presidential candidate
and popular two-term governor of Massachusetts, Deval Patrick, a
Harvard undergrad who also graduated from the Law School in 1982,
grew up a poor black school child in the housing projects of
Chicago’s South Side.
- The odds of escaping a life of poverty despite being highly
intelligent and driven were against Patrick.
- In the article, Patrick addresses how, through education, he
was able to triumph over the poverty-ridden life that may have, at
one time, seemed to be his destiny.
- “Public school” is defined as a federally-funded school
administered to some extent by the government and charged with
educating all citizens.
- The government has struggled to answer these rather difficult
questions since the inception of public education:
- What is the primary purpose of public education?
- Who should be able to receive the educational services provided
to the general public?
- How does the government ensure consistently high quality in the
educational services it provides?
- The Organization for Economic Co-Operation and Development
(OECD) ranked the United States 20th among the 34 market-based
democracy-leading countries grade-wise in reading, science, and
- By 8th grade, only 44% of American students are proficient in
reading and math.
- The proficiency of African-American students, many of whom are
in under-performing schools, is even lower.
- The matter of educational inequality must be solved first
before other types of inequality resolution follow.
- The gap is not due to the color of the skin, but rather to the
access to quality education and the host of other systemic issues
with which they’re faced.
- According to researchers, the key gaps are poverty rates,
diminished teacher and school quality, unsettled neighborhoods,
ineffective parenting, personal trauma, and peer group
- “Talk, Sing, Point” in early childhood: the difference in life
experiences begins at home.
- What is the LENA vest and what is its importance?
- With the help of Faculty Co-Chair and Harvard Law School Jesse
Climenko Professor of Law, Charles J. Ogletree, The Achievement Gap
Initiative at Harvard is analyzing the factors that make
educational inequality such a complex puzzle.
- Best practices to create strong schools will matter the
- The surprising difference between private and public school
- Research suggests that poverty in the United States tends to be
deeper and more difficult to escape than in other countries.
- Please consider voting for initiatives that help the education
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