The Difference Between Giving Access and Preparing for Access: How Schools are Failing Students of Color

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The issue at hand has to do with how we view access. If access is simply defined as opening a door in order to allow someone to travel through to college, then secondary schools are more than meeting their goals. However, if access is defined as ensuring that students are prepared to meet the demands of higher education and of a future career, then scondary schools are failing dismally. Without utilizing a critical analysis that would require us to unpack issues of systemic racism, class discrimination, gender gaps, and an increasing reliance on standardized tests, I would suggest that secondary schools, focus on cultivating long-term success or preparation for access, rather than short-term gain or giving access.


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