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

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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    Posted at 15:56h, 24 March Reply

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    Posted at 16:01h, 24 March Reply

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  • Jo Hawke
    Posted at 16:34h, 24 March Reply

    Ha! These are great! RT @JasonFlom RT @prestwickhouse: An Educator’s Guide to Gaps http://bit.ly/cqyqpt

  • Vanessa Cassie
    Posted at 16:09h, 24 March Reply

    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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    Posted at 02:50h, 25 March Reply

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    Posted at 06:30h, 25 March Reply

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  • Jessica Horton
    Posted at 12:50h, 25 March Reply

    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
    Posted at 18:58h, 25 March Reply

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

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  • crimsoncat
    Posted at 22:52h, 31 March Reply

    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?

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  • jasonflom
    Posted at 13:22h, 01 April Reply

    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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    Posted at 04:39h, 03 April Reply

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    Posted at 19:32h, 03 April Reply

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