January 4, 2007
For immediate release
Francisco D. Carranza and Vichet Chhuon, doctoral students at The Gevirtz School at UC Santa Barbara, publish column on equity in education in the Santa Barbara Independent
Graduate students Francisco D. Carranza and Vichet Chhuon have written the latest column for “Getting Education: Notes from UC Santa Barbara’s The Gevirtz School” for the on-line version of the Santa Barbara Independent. The essay, entitled “Equity in Education is Nice, But Do We Really Want It?” questions whether the achievement gap between underrepresented minority students and other students in American schools is at least partially due to a failure of will to correct the problem. The piece can be read on the Independent website.
The article begins: “Underrepresented ethnic minorities’ academic underachievement is an elusive problem for researchers, policymakers and teachers. Historically, African-Americans and Latinos have been performing significantly lower in school than their European American counterparts. This achievement gap has received considerable attention from the research and teaching communities; but, any success in narrowing this gap is only possible with the help of all Americans. Thus, there is one significant question that needs to be asked of the general public: Do Americans really want equity in education?”
The bi-weekly Independent column, now in its fourth month, is another effort by UC Santa Barbara’s Gevirtz School to bridge the gap between town and gown.
[Francisco D. Carranza and Vichet Chhuon are available for interviews; to arrange an interview, contact George Yatchisin at 805 893 5789]