How can we close the achievement gap???
Based on these readings, it is evident
that both the
teacher and student need to be addressed in today's educational reform. The
teacher must be properly trained to deal with all types of students, situations
and environments. The student must feel that their individual needs
are being met, and that the education they are receiving has worth.
closing the gap means not just using a vouchers system, it requires a complete
alteration of our system. Notice for instance, the money it takes to increase a
class’s success in reading. To decrease the class size is around $636 per
student, but putting in new technology is only $86 (Mann). Both decreasing the
class size and the new technology achieve the same result, but one is
significantly less costly. So what will it take to alter our educational
system? Things such as technology in every classroom, connecting students’
lives outside the educational environment to what is going on inside, awareness
of individual differences and a true drive for seeing every student succeed.