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Dismantling the Black–White Achievement Gap Paradigm: Why and How We Need to Focus Instead on Systemic Change
Gardner-Neblett, N., Iruka, I. U., & Humphries, M. L.
From the abstract: "More than half a century of educational efforts have focused on eliminating the Black–White achievement gap. Yet, racial disparities persist. In this article, we describe the issues with educational discourse focused on the achievement gap and the ways structural racism drives the educational experiences and outcomes of Black students. We include a discussion of Black children's developmental competencies and the ways educators may use culturally relevant pedagogy to capitalize upon these competencies and support higher achievement among Black students. We conclude with suggestions for specific actions to foster systemic change for Black students."
Gardner-Neblett, N., Iruka, I. U., & Humphries, M. L. (2021). Dismantling the Black–white achievement gap paradigm: Why and how we need to focus instead on systemic change. Journal of Education. Advance online publication. doi:10.1177/00220574211031958