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THE NEW YORK TIMES , Wednesday, August 9, 2006 “It Takes More Than Schools to Close Achievement Gap” On Education/Diana Jean Schemo WHEN the federal Education Department recently reported that children in private schools generally did no better than comparable students at public schools on national tests of math and reading, the findings were embraced by teachers' unions and liberals, and dismissed by supporters of school voucher programs. But for many educators and policy makers, the findings raised a haunting question: What if the impediments to learning run so deep that they cannot be addressed by any particular kind of school or any set of in-school reforms? What if schools are not the answer? The question has come up before. In 1966, Prof. James S. Coleman published a Congressionally mandated study on why schoolchildren in minority neighborhoods performed at far lower levels than children in white areas. To the surprise of many, his landmark study concluded that although the quality of schools in minority neighborhoods mattered, the main cause of the achievement gap was in the backgrounds and resources of families. For years, education researchers have argued over his findings. Conservatives used them to say that the quality of schools did not matter, so why bother offering more than the bare necessities? Others, including some educators, used them essentially to write off children who were harder to educate. The No Child Left Behind law,
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This note was uploaded on 02/06/2012 for the course ENGL 846 taught by Professor Kohl during the Fall '11 term at Canada College.

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