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Deep-Rooted Problems in US Education: Why the Racial Gap in Achievement Persists

In spite of ambitious and costly programs over the past 50 years, Black and Latino students continue to lag behind White and East Asian students in educational achievement. In talks at this IHR meeting, speakers explain why, and look at other problems in educational life. Robert Walters, author of a new book, says that the many efforts to close the racial gap in educational achievement have all failed because they have been based on the false premise that student achievement is due entirely to socialization, upbringing and environment. Two teachers also speak. They note how educational standards and expectations have been falling, and enliven their talks with observations and colorful anecdotes from years of first-hand experience. Mark Weber also speaks on major problems in US education, and why they persist.