The opportunity gap is not only the biggest problem facing education today, it’s a crisis that’s threatening our very social fabric. Here’s what you need to know about the gap:
It isn’t just one simple problem to be solved.
The opportunity gap is the complex web of challenges blocking under-resourced young people from reaching their potential. Tackling the gap requires an innovative, multifaceted approach to education and the cooperative effort of the community.
The gap is a growing problem.
Our society is creating ever-increasing disparities between students. We’re in a state of inertia, where the amount of resources funneled to kids is increasingly unequal. Deliberate, innovative interventions are the only way to ensure opportunity and resources for all young people.
Our false perceptions are perpetuating the gap.
Our belief in the American dream is a dangerous misperception. We want to believe anyone who works long and hard enough can overcome all obstacles and achieve the success of their dreams.The reality is, the opportunity gap has widened to the point it is a true impasse. We must adjust our mindset and invest in solutions that offer under-resourced kids an equal shot at success.
The cost of the gap is too high.
We’re wasting human capital and talent at an alarming rate. During this time where human resources are being stretched more and more to meet increasing societal needs, the loss of a huge pool of talented, intelligent and motivated young people has itself escalated to a crisis.