The Hoax Of The Achievement Gap, By Diane Ravitch

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In today’s society, the achievement gap continues to exist. Author Diane Ravitch, wrote “The Facts about the Achievement Gap”, an excerpt from her book Reign of Error: The Hoax of the Privatization Movement and the Danger to America’s Public Schools, published in 2013. Ravitch’s purpose is to convey the idea that closing the achievement gap doesn’t solely rely upon the schooling system. She explains how her argument stems from our unwillingness to improve the conditions of communities and how unconcerned we are about poverty. Ravitch uses enthralling evidence and an academic tone to argue that while the achievement gap is narrowing, it will never close because we aren’t acknowledging or focusing on the root of the problem. …show more content…
She explains that the No Child Left Behind law was made to narrow the achievement gaps. She provides evidence about how important this has been to many people. Ravitch also speaks about lawmakers, legislators, and policy makers and how they thought that testing and accountability would help close the gaps. She shows other people’s views on what they think will solve this achievement gap problem including President George W. Bush. He claimed that if teachers were required by law to have high expectations for all students then all students would learn and meet high standards. Ravitch successfully illustrates the reasons why schooling isn’t the root …show more content…
She provided a lot of examples and research from not only herself but from other scholars as well. Although she says that we need to act to help all people, she doesn’t provide many ways we can actually do anything. She also could have explained how African Americans are not only separated in the schooling systems but also in their careers. She could have also written about how actors in the black community aren’t given as many opportunities as white actors as well. In the 2015 Emmys, African American actress Viola Davis says, “The only thing that separates women of color from anyone else is simply opportunity, you cannot win an Emmy for roles that are simply not there." Davis would most likely agree with what Ravitch has to say about the achievement/opportunity gap. It is time for a change to better our country and to think of ways to stop the

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