Behind the Headline: Class Matters. Why Won’t We Admit It?

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Class Matters. Why Won’t We Admit It?
New York Times | 12/12/11

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Poor Schools or Poor Kids?
Education Next | Winter 2010

On the New York Times’ op-ed page, Helen Ladd and Edward Fiske revisit the agenda of the “Broader, Bolder” approach to school reform, complaining that, despite the fact that poor kids in general perform less well in school than better-kids,  “policy makers mistakenly continue to reason that, since they cannot change the backgrounds of students, they should focus on things they can control.”  In the Winter 2010 issue of Ed Next, Pedro Noguera and Joe Williams debated whether education reformers should focus on accountability, pay reform, and school choice, or whether we must attend to health care, preschool, and parenting skills if poor students are to succeed in school.

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