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"Schooling, at its best, is about creating new futures for our children. Closing the Opportunity Gap describes education as it is and provides a vision of education as it should be. The book provides a powerful critique of the educational and social policies and practices that exacerbate the widening economic disparity between rich and poor and the growing opportunity gap for too many of our nation's youth. The authors' analyses of educational inequity and their focus on opportunity to learn offer a much needed blueprint and a new social imagination about schooling in the U.S." -Kris D. Gutiérrez, Inaugural Provost's Chair and Professor of Learning Sciences, University of Colorado Boulder.


"As policymakers and education leaders seek to pick up the pieces of a public education system tattered by No-Child-Left-Behind style reform, Carter and Welner's book brings clear-eyed analyses of failure and of future possibilities. In one highly readable volume, the nation's leading scholars provide evidence-based accounts of the root causes, everyday realities, and long-term consequences of the nation's weightiest educational problem-profound inequality in and out of school. And, most important, they offer comprehensive, insightful, and useful remedies. Those seeking new concepts and strategies for creating the public schools our diverse nation desperately needs and deserves need look no further than this astonishing book."-Jeannie Oakes, Director of Education and Scholarship, Ford Foundation


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Prudence L. Carter is Professor of Education and (by courtesy) Sociology at Stanford University.

Kevin G. Welner is Professor of Education at the University of Colorado Boulder.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; 1 edition (May 28, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0199982996
  • ISBN-13: 978-0199982998
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 1 x 6.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #69,863 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Oliver on May 18, 2013
Format: Paperback
For those like myself who are not experts in education, "Closing the Opportunity Gap" offers an accessible collection of research-based essays from top experts explaining how US policy has strayed into a series of misguided choices - and how to steer back onto a sane path. The chapters are relatively short, well-documented, and surprisingly well-written (given that the authors are mainly academics). I was also pleasantly surprised at how well the chapters hang together.

For those with more of a passion about what's now going on in the nation's public schools, the book also offers concrete policy guidance. The authors or editors have also created a website (http://nepc.colorado.edu/book) that has policy recommendations, success stories and other practical resources.

At its heart, the book has a pretty straightforward premise: The nation's excessive focus on measuring outcomes and demanding improvement is out of balance. If we expect to make any real progress, we need to balance the measurement of outcomes with a strong attention to inputs. Specifically, the main body of the book turns to experts in different areas of research, who explain how "opportunity gaps" arise in that given area and how they can be closed. For instance, one chapter makes a compelling case that most of the measured achievement gaps already exist by the time children enter kindergarten or first grade. The authors point to solid research showing the potential of high-quality preschool to make a big difference at the outset.

Other chapters point to opportunity gaps in areas like childhood health and nutrition, housing transiency, and teacher experience. Looking at the policy-recommendations document on the book's website, I counted 19 different areas that could be addressed.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jean K Bley on June 20, 2013
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I bought this book after hearing one of the authors (Dr. Carter) on National Public Radio discussing the Opportunity gap.
http://www.marketplace.org/topics/wealth-poverty/education/school-wealth-gap-takes-form-opportunity-gap
I heard about some breath-taking analysis and reports and a different approach to address some of the educational policies failures.I was amazed by the supportive evidence made available in the book. Various subject-matters experts in their field of study have been brought together to talk in "one voice" about the challenges faced by the current education system and to propose relevant solutions (viewed entirely from a different set of lenses). Educational Policies should not only focus on the OUTPUT but aslo on the QUALITY of the INPUT. I will recommend this book to anyone who is interested about understanding the real issues of the current educational systems. Regardless of the reader's background on the topic of education (prekindergarten to post-graduate), reading for leisure or conducting a doctoral study, this book will please everyone.
A must read for anyone involved in education, policy study and social science.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By kbro on December 27, 2013
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Book was clear and covered a multitude of topics and issues related to school and community quality and improvement, good overview for any reader.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kathleen J. Gebhardt on June 17, 2013
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The chapters in this book are written by a "who's who" in public education. Each one is thoughtful, well researched, and well written.
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Interesting analysis about education opportunity, instead of performance in standard evaluations (high-stakes). Education reform emphasizes performance in tests, while forgetting opportunity problems – poor children have lower scores in tests because they are compared to rich children; tests don’t say nothing about potentialities of those children. School has to care about individualized opportunity of students. It’s nonsense to offer poor school for poor children.
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