Can Better Teachers Close the Achievement Gap?

Diane Ravitch, Bridging Differences, Apr 28, 2009
Commentary by Stephen Downes

Writes Diane Ravitch: "an editorial writer could read the McKinsey report and use it to argue for eradicating poverty, which is highly correlated with low educational performance. But Klein and Sharpton use it to say something that the report itself does not say, which is that the only reason that the gap exists is because of subpar teachers and principals... the political use of the McKinsey study just serves to divert attention from the need to improve the lives of poor children and their families."
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