achievement gap

To address the achievement gap, students need choice

Originally published at The Philadelphia Tribune

To be sure, closing the achievement gaps in education — specifically, the ones that separate the poor from the wealthy and the students of color from white students — is no easy feat. There is no panacea or easy fix. It has taken us decades, if not centuries, to get into this mess, and it will likely take just as long to get out of it.

But for many students, time is not on their side.

In his book “Outliers,” Malcolm Gladwell introduces the 10,000-hour rule. True expertise and mastery come from practice, and those who can achieve or surpass 10,000 hours of enriching, purposeful practice will likely succeed.

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