One Teacher's Voice


Let’s change our rhetoric

As I learned last semester from Professor H. Richard Milner, IV, an important step in the process of changing education as we know it is by examining our beliefs as educators.

“Educational researcher and teacher educator Jacqualine Irving suggests that a perceived achievement gap is the result of other gaps that seduce people into believing that an achievement gap actually exists. Rather than focus on a perceived achievement gap, Irving asserts that we should shift our attention to closing the other gaps that exist in education; these include:

  • ‘the teacher quality gap
  • the teacher training gap
  • the challenging curriculum gap
  • the school funding gap
  • the digital divide gap
  • the wealth and income gap
  • the employment opportunity gap
  • the affordable housing gap
  • and the quality childcare gap.’

“I believe that when we address the opportunity gaps, achievement results and the validity of our data can improve” (Milner, 2010, p. 9).

Achievement Gap

***Opportunity Gap***
Either way you look at it, the gap needs closing. A change in rhetoric is one small step toward real change in education.
Milner, IV, H.R. (2010). Start where you are, but don’t stay there. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.

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