Teach Up for Excellence

February 2012 | Volume 69 | Number 5
For Each to Excel Pages 28-33

Carol Ann Tomlinson and Edwin Lou Javius

All students deserve equitable access to an engaging and rigorous curriculum.

Within the lifetime of a significant segment of the population, schools in the United States operated under the banner of “separate but equal” opportunity. In time, and at considerable cost, we came to grips with the reality that separate is seldom equal. But half a century later, and with integration a given, many of our students still have separate and drastically unequal learning experiences (Darling-Hammond, 2010).

Many of our schools are overwhelmingly attended by low-income and racially and linguistically diverse students, whereas nearby schools are largely attended by students from more affluent and privileged backgrounds (Kozol, 2005). Another kind of separateness exists within schools. It’s frequently the case that students attend classes that correlate highly with learners’ race and socioeconomic status, with less privileged students in lower learning groups or tracks and more privileged students in more advanced ones (Darling-Hammond, 2010).

Read more.  Article provided by Anne Stryker


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