Ethnic Studies Course
Top of Mind with Julie Rose - Radio Archive, Episode 238 , Segment 5
Episode: Digital Distractions, Decline in Driver Licenses, Worlds Awaiting
- Feb 23, 2016 10:00 pm
- 17:21 mins
Guest: Emily Penner, PhD, Postdoctoral Fellow in the Stanford School of Education and Center for Education Policy Analysis Achievement gaps in US education are well-documented and worrisome: black and Hispanic students are twice as likely as their white peers to drop out of high school. In math alone, black and Hispanic eighth graders are about two to three years behind their white peers. Stanford researchers working with the San Francisco Unified School District wanted to help these students, but they didn’t bring in math tutors. Instead, they made a ninth grade ethnic studies class mandatory for all students with GPA lower than 2.0. The results were a measurable academic success.