Equity & Diversity Opinion

Yet Another Major Report Ignoring Gender

By Richard Whitmire — November 30, 2010 1 min read
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Lots of buzz about the high school graduation report from America’s Promise Alliance. And yet, once again we see a report that breaks out data by ethnicity but not gender.

Considering the steep gender gaps in graduation rates, especially among African American and Latino students, these reports ignore a key part of any solution. For some reason, discussions of gender gaps in this country are considered controversial, and thereby need to be avoided.

But as Chicago education researchers have discovered, what’s playing out in schools is a “genderization of race.” You can’t solve race gaps without tackling gender gaps.

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