The Achievement Gap and Multicultural Solutions Analytical Essay by Nicky

An analysis of the causes and impact of the achievement gap in education today.
# 150343 | 1,548 words | 7 sources | APA | 2012 | US
Published on Jan 31, 2012 in Sociology (Multiculturalism) , Education (Multiculturalism)

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The paper discusses how standardized testing, rigid curriculum design and poor representation amongst teachers and administrators of a diverse student population are responsible for the achievement gap in education today. The paper addresses the close correlations between poor academic opportunity and poor social and economic experiences throughout an individual's life, and highlights how education remains at the root of a continued struggle toward true and equal diversity.

Sociological Perspective
Economic Perspective

From the Paper:

"Though Jim Crow laws and segregation-policies had been eliminated by the Civil Rights Act of 1964, in their place have emerged a wide range of symptoms indicating a deeply ingrained sickness of racism. To date, such symptoms persist in myriad incarnations, such as the continued debates over 'racial profiling' in law enforcement which unfairly target minority groups such as African Americans and Hispanics; in America's continually heated and vitriolic debates on Mexican immigration; in the period directly following September 11th in which Muslim and Arab Americans became the subject of intense legal scrutiny and discrimination; and in the more general occupational, residential and recreational gaps separating the hegemonic racial makeup from the countless minority and immigrant groups in America.
"This is an idea which is directly reinforced by the close correlation between poor academic opportunity and poor social experience throughout one's life. According to the Educational Equality Project, "one in nine black men between 20-34 are incarcerated; a black male is more likely to be in prison than to have a post-graduate degree. The achievement gap is not some irrelevant statistic, it is proof that our public education system is consistently failing our children and drastically reducing their chances to compete and succeed as adults." (EEP, 1) In the outcome, this fact indicates, minority groups are inherently more likely to fall into lives of disarray and social maladjustment because they are denied educational opportunities relative to their white counterparts."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • EEP. (2009). What is the Achievement Gap? Educational Equality Project. Online at
  • Gates, B. & Gates, M. (2009). Early Learning. Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
  • Gorski, P.C. (2008). The Challenge of Defining 'Multicultural Education.' Working Definition: EdChange Multicultural Pavilion. Online at
  • IES. (2009). Projections of Education Statistics to 2019. National Center for Education Statistics.
  • Neill, M. (2003). Don't Mourn, Organize! Rethinking Schools. Online at

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