Episode 23: The Opportunity Myth

In this episode, we discuss The Opportunity Myth: a report by the TNTP dispels the myth that all students have the same opportunity to attain their college and professional goals. First, we speak with Justin Thach, a high-schooler from Salem, Oregon about his observations of inequity in the classroom. Then, we speak with Bailey Czupryk, lead researcher for The Opportunity Myth about concrete things we can do to move schools towards providing equal opportunity for all students. [spp-player url=http://traffic.libsyn.com/voices4ed/23_-_Education_Post_-_Opportunity_Myth.mp3] [spp-tweet tweet="“When we put it all together, I was surprised by the weight of the amount of time that kids are spending on stuff that is below grade-level that won’t set them up for their goals.”" – Bailey Czupryk]

Episode Details:

  • Why TNTP wrote The Opportunity Myth
  • The shocking results of the research for report
  • The resources that our teachers are lacking
  • Why kids remain behind grade level when they fall behind
  • The limitations of the report
  • How parents can advocate for more equality in the classroom

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