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Schools in the US vary quite a bit by location. A school in one neighborhood could be vastly better than another school just on the other side of town. There are obvious factors that play into this situation, and unsurprisingly, some political campaigns can cloud the progress towards solutions that might improve lagging schools. Clearly, not all schools can be created equal, but there could be some ways to close the "achievement gap" without simply knocking down the higher-performing schools. After you've finished checking out those links, take a look at our Daily Deals for cool gadgets and other awesome stuff.
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Filed Under: achievement gap, big data, certification, classes, education, moocs, nano-degrees, school, segregation, teachers, this american life

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    Anonymous Coward, 1 Sep 2015 @ 9:32am

    Most of the educational thinking today in my opinion is pure political bullshit.

    IMO, the most important determining factor of a schools success is the parents of the kids who attend that school. Its not money, its not technology, its not the teachers, its the parents and the support they give to their kids concerning education.

    My kids go to a high school in NJ, we live in a town that receives zero dollars from the state so our facilities kind of suck. The teachers are not impressive (my son's AP Chemistry teacher told a group of parents at the meet the teacher night the 3rd week of class that he hadn't handed textbooks for a month because he had not numbered them yet (which means taking a black magic marker and physically numbering the books) and kids are taking Calc classes during the summer at the local community college because the AP Calc teacher blows.

    We go to other, low income schools where everything is paid for by the state and their facilities are beautiful.

    Yet, our school is ranked much better (although not in athletics.)

    Low income usually equates to race, and politicians won't dance with that, so we have common core, we have technology, we have other things.

    Unless you address the real problems (income and race) you can't solve the problem.

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