Want to close the so-called “achievement gap”?
This gap–better described as the opportunity gap–would quickly narrow if standards were added about analyzing the continuity of the American judicial system in excluding Black jurors and acquitting people who murder African Americans–from Emmett Till to Trayvon Martin and beyond. When you teach students about the major issues affecting their lives, and allow them to use the curriculum to help them solve these problems, you see education come alive for all students. The fact that you can’t imagine a standard that addresses institutional racism in America being added to the Common Core State Standards is a clear indication that they are not interested in truly raising the achievement of all.
Followed by this lesson from Linda Christensen at Rethinking Schools, The Danger of a Single Story:
Trayvon, I promise you, while Zimmerman was acquitted after murdering you in cold blood, this fight for justice isn’t over!