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Overcoming the Achievement Gap Trap: Liberating Mindsets to Effective Change
Ensure learning equality in every classroom. Investigate previous and current policies designed to help close the achievement gap. Examine predominant mindsets that contradict school missions to promote equal academic opportunities, and consider the psychological impact this has on students. Explore strategies for adopting a new mindset that frees educators and students fr ...more
Paperback, 168 pages
Published July 2nd 2015 by Solution Tree
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This text achieves what other books do not accomplish on the "Achievement Gap" topic: a concise and daringly honest assessment of why the gap exists in the first place, and a clear recommendation to address it. Muhammad tackles the realities of societal inequities and shows how these inequities are reflected in the structure and practices of our education system. He also puts the responsibility of affecting change on the shoulders of ALL parties, not limiting them to certain sectors or subgroups ...more
This was a fantastic book that was filled with the statistics to back up all the claims. While many of the challenges and gaps are very well known to exist it was very eye-opening and powerful to read all the efforts that have been tried and failed with some gaps getting larger. Anthony Muhammad goes through the commitments that need to be made and the cultural changes that need to happen in order for us to close the achievement gaps. He also points out three different mindsets that people have ...more
I think the book does an excellent job of explaining why we still have the achievement gap by discussing the three mindsets - superiority, victim, and liberation, and I feel like I have a decent grasp on what needs to change in our schools. But . . . the author didn't give enough specifics on how to bring about that change. I can understand the theories and all that, but my brain needs way more specifics and examples of how schools are achieving equality in their schools. On a side note, all edu ...more
I really wanted to like this book. The author is an amazing presenter, wise leader, and knowledgeable of research. I guess the book had too much research on the problems we are already are aware of. We know poverty, equity, and racism are huge problems in our schools. I was looking for answers and only took the idea of perhaps having a character development committee at the school next year. If you are a trying to convince someone of inequality in our schools, this is a short read that will open ...more
Excellent information. But difficult to digest. Muhammad tells us what we need to know and what we know we need to do, but what we are afraid to hear. All educators need to read his works and then take action - no more excuses. No more talk. It's about doing best for our students and the time is now.