When there’s inequity in learning, it’s usually baked into life, Harvard analysts say.
Language acquisition pis the key to academic success. We sometimes hear about kids from unlikely backgrounds benefitting from amazing educational opportunities because they have done well in school. They would have never had those opportunities if it weren’t for the fact they had a strong language foundation. Often they speak about their love of reading. The US News article, The Costs of Inequality: Education Is the Key to It All speaks about education as the great equalizer. However, solid language acquisition is needed for academic success. Without strong language skills academic success is impossible.
Not only is inequality baked into life, but it is cemented by cultural standards of communication in the community that can further limit access to opportunity. Living in a community where vocabulary use is limited, reading is frowned upon, and expressing ones ideas is limited to a few words reduces language acquistion. The larger society relies heavily on the written word, and a strong language foundation is key to achieving academically. Public education is supposed to be the equalizer. However, for children raised in communities with limited resources and poor schools, education does not bridge the gap. Is public education providing children of color the language foundation they need to succeed?