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10 Gaps in Education (that don't get enough press) | Ecology of EducationEcology of Education

10 Gaps in Education (that don’t get enough press)

Not all gaps are created equal.

The Achievement Gap gets the most press and seems to have the most leverage. But there are a host of others.  Read on for a handy dandy guide to 10 Gaps in Education, and then add your own in the comment section.

Legislative Gap

Distance between lawmakers and teachers.

Potential Gap

Difference between a students’ potential and the tasks they are asked to do.

Stimulant Gap

Time between the bottom of one cup of coffee and a refill. Often described as “The Unbearable Gap”.

The Rumsfeld Gap

The schools, teachers, parents, & students we have vs. the schools, teachers, parents, & students we want.

The Billable Gap

When educators daydream about the money they’d make if they could bill their hours.  “65 hrs this week, times 4 weeks this month, times $125 per hour = Cha-Ching!”

The Arm Chair Gap

When folks with no teaching experience suddenly become experts on issues in education after reading an editorial or article.

The Restraint Gap

What a teacher wants to do vs. What a teacher must do when confronted by someone suffering from The Arm Chair Gap.

The Manchurian Gap

Students who are brainwashed to believe that answering test prep questions actually prepares them for entering the work force.

The Coup d’Gap

When policy makers seize the reins of the education debate by scapegoating and alienating teachers. Often characterized by language centered on market terms — accountability, input/output, achievement — and rigor with little or no mention of students, vigor, or relevance.

The Back-to-the-Future Delorean Gap

Often experienced in schools where there is a mix between 19th century teachers/administrators and 21st century technology proponents.

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Author:Jason Flom

Learner. Educator. Reader. Writer. Cyclist. Part-time Polyanna. Husband. Daddy. Founder, Ecology of Education. Director of Learning Platforms, Q.E.D. Foundation. Twitter: @JasonFlom. LinkedIn: Jason Flom; Edutopia's Green School Group; and doing dishes while pretending to be a professional underground rapper. "I regard it as the foremost task of education to insure the survival of these qualities: an enterprising curiosity, an undefeatable spirit, tenacity in pursuit, readiness for sensible self denial, and above all, compassion." Kurt Hahn
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  • http://twitter.com/angelamaiers/status/10982473975 Angela Maiers

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  • http://blog.sharpsav.com/ Vanessa Cassie

    Awesome list! I especially have seen the “Armchair Gap” become more and more prevalent in society today. It seems that the ability to Google any idea/thought/question/issue has perpetuated this problem :)

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  • Jessica Horton

    The Moral Gap- The expectations we have on how students should behave without spending any time on social skills instruction or involving the parents in a discussion on what expectations should exist.

  • jasonflom

    No doubt. Moral Gap. Maybe we could call it the Goody-Two-Shoe Gap? (Probably not enough gravity, though.)

  • http://twitter.com/jasonflom/status/11099556758 Jason Flom

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  • crimsoncat

    We are actually instructed to only address what is within our power as teachers to affect. No comments on parental, or even student, responsibilities toward education. We are supposed to make the campus a 'friendly' place to be. The place is a freaking zoo. The students are out of control (but not in my room ;-) and the adults all hate each other. We just barely made 'safe harbor.' What do we call this?

  • http://twitter.com/drtimony/status/11394055426 Dr. David D. Timony

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  • jasonflom

    Oy! Sounds like there are some issues going on around there.

    Some gap ideas:
    1. Jerry Springer Gap
    2. Circus Gap
    3. The Culture Gap
    4. The Zoological Gap

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