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Bernard Gifford


Professor of Education, University of California, Berkeley.

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MIND THE GAP: The Racial Gap in Education

with Bernard Gifford, Abigail Thernstrom, Stephan Thernstromvia Uncommon Knowledge
Monday, May 3, 2004

More than fifty years after the landmark Supreme Court decision Brown v. the Board of Education, there is still an unacceptable gap between the academic achievements of white and black students in America. In fact, by some standards, black students today perform more poorly than they did fifteen years ago. Why? What role does culture play? Does culture explain the disparate performance of Hispanic and Asian students? And just how should we go about trying to close this gap? Peter Robinson speaks with Bernard Gifford, Abigail Thernststrom, and Stephan Thernstrom.