No Rich Kid Left Behind by Sean F. Reardon
This is an interesting op-ed piece which was published in The New York Times a little less than a year ago. There are lots of wonderful pieces on education lately but this one is good because I think it is nice for students to read. The piece opines that rich kids do better in school and on tests than poor kids. This is nothing that surprises people. Fact is that poverty is the largest indicator of academic success, or lack thereof. But this piece details why and how the gap is widening.
Article: 10 of 10
The numbers are depressing and they keep getting worse. Please read the article for specifics. The sad part is that everything that is being done in education today on the federal and state level are just encouraging the divide between the have's and the have-not's. Yeah, I know, I'm a bleeding heart teacher. I own that.
Teachability: 10 of 10
I teach at a school where the poverty rate is almost 80% so this hits home for me. It is a one-size-fit-all educational world right now and that is what my students are up against. They need to be aware of what they're up against and this article spells it out for them.