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Pushing Past the Achievement Gap

Thursday, Mar. 8, 2012

Gloria Ladson-Billings, professor of urban education at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, urges a change in the nation's educational direction from focusing on the achievement gap to focusing on what she calls, "the education debt that we as a nation have accumulated." "How," she asks, "are we going to pay down the mountain of debt that we have amassed at the expense of entire groups of people" who are not served well by the educational system.  She made her remarks yesterday to a group of 175 teachers, education students, and members of the community gathered at Santa Clara University.

Ladson-Billings is a pioneer in the field of culturally responsive pedagogy and the author of "The Dreamkeepers," a book about successful teachers.

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Tags: character education