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Closing the Opportunity GapWhat America Must Do to Give Every Child an Even Chance$
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Prudence L. Carter and Kevin G. Welner

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199982981

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199982981.001.0001

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Enhancing a Nation’s Democracy through Equitable Schools

Enhancing a Nation’s Democracy through Equitable Schools

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(p.207) 15 Enhancing a Nation’s Democracy through Equitable Schools
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Closing the Opportunity Gap
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Michele S. Moses

John Rogers

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199982981.003.0015

Michele Moses and John Rogers place the importance of equitable schooling in the context of our nation’s democratic ambitions. They describe how democracy benefits from more racially integrated, robust, and equitable learning opportunities. They focus on the development of civic capacity and show how diverse classrooms can enhance students’ preparation for democratic deliberation. They explain as well how the quality of our society is shaped by decisions about who attends school with whomand how we distribute learning opportunities across different students and schools.The opportunity gap, they conclude, arises when public education in the United States is not fulfilling its promise of ensuring equal educational opportunities for all students, and this severelyundermines the health and survival of our democracy.

Keywords:   Democracy, equitable learning, integration, civic engagement and students, race, class

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