Katia Johnstoneabout 1 year ago
I agree with the notion that the 'outcomes' or life prospects for low-incoming typically low-achieving students must be raised - and that the focus should be on the outcomes or results - however where I think where the language falls short is in stating what these outcomes should be. By calling it an achievement gap you inherently place a value on the lives and productivity of the white middle class. By saying that students who do not embody the 'achievement' of our standardized white middle class lifestyle are 'low-achieving' or are suffering from the 'achievement gap' you cut off the opportunity to create new understandings of what it means to be successful and productive. Instead of saying these students need to improve in order to measure up to their white middle class counterparts, why not use a language that gives them the right to better outcomes based on the fact that they are human beings.