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Education Achievement Gap

I need some help analyzing the attached article by Farkas:
1. While considering the article by Farkas, (see attached) use three conclusions from the research that inform a potential career counselor about possible causes for the educational achievement gap.
2. Whether you are working with children directly or not, articulate how this information is vital for career counselors to understand and address as it relates to career and educational planning, placement, and even evaluation.
3. Finally, explain career development as an integral subset of human development.

For example, you might say, "Recent research has shown that there are many potential reasons for the disparity between racial groups. A review by Farkas (2003) has actually shown that the difference has to do with social background, or economic reasons, rather than race,


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(1)(a) Racial disparities in early childhood education

A review by Farkas (2003) points to racial disparities in which low-income children including African American, Latino, and American Indians have a disadvantage when compared to White middle class children. The data suggests that between-group differences in cognitive and behavioral developments during pre-school years as one reason for the differences. For instance, the skills and behaviors students need to begin the learning process is greatly differentiated. As Farkas points out, African American, Latino or American Indian children have a markedly lower level of unreadiness when they begin kindergarten or first grade. Evidence of these findings are noted regarding topics such as: (a) language, (b) pre-reading, (c) pre-mathematics, (d) general knowledge, and (e) other school-related behaviors.

In addition, Farkas (2003) suggests that in order for children to learn there are three requirements: (a) an opportunity to learn, (b) student efforts to learn, and (c) skills to perform in the school environment. He asserts that children attend neighborhood schools that are strongly segregated by race and family income (p. 1123). Therefore White and ethnic children are separated and receive separate educations. Thus similar to preschool, the early elementary years that begin in kindergarten and the first grade shows differences in reading fluency. The amount of prior knowledge is stated to be significant to the development of further skills and behavior in later years. Research is presented to show that for all children, differences in elementary schools lead to problem in subsequent school years.

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Solution Summary

This solution discusses the educational achievement gap between White, Asian and minority student; it provides reasons for the differences for between-group differences. All references used are included.