The Boston Globe Newspaper Article By Martin Scanlan And Rebecca Lowenhaupt

1263 Words Dec 9th, 2015 6 Pages
Eliminating the achievement gap has also become a common topic in society. The Boston Globe newspaper has an article by Martin Scanlan and Rebecca Lowenhaupt, professors at Boston College’s Lynch School of Education, that considered the opportunity gap and how it coincides with the achievement gap. Their view is that if we focus on resolving the opportunity gap issue, and the achievement gap will fix itself. They say, “We can build educational equity in our school communities by turning attention away from bemoaning achievement gaps to focusing on eliminating opportunity gaps.” The question is, is that not an issue with racism and not education? To answer this question, the authors discuss how race plays a role in the opportunity gap, and how people of different ethnicities don’t have the same amount of opportunities due to the achievement gap. Upon reading the article, it became apparent that the two topics do, in fact, relate to each other. It is a cause and effect situation. Schools are not assisting students that struggle with the achievement gap, which causes the opportunity gap. In classrooms, teachers are told not to “teach to test” in their everyday curriculum. Ironically, at the same time, teachers are losing their jobs every year because their students do not pass the state’s standard high-stakes test. In the video documentary “Standardized Tests: Assessing the Price of Failure,” the Riverside Elementary School principle Sharon Lopez said that they will be…

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