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On the Nexus of Race, Disability, and Overrepresentation: What Do We Know? Where Do We Go?


America’s schools are more culturally diverse and complex than at any time in the nation’s history. The schools continue to have problems with overrepresentation as long as they develop educational structures, systems, routines, and pedagogies without understanding more about how the belief systems, biases, prejudices, and socioeconomic inequities that have existed for centuries in the American society are played out and perpetuated in our nation’s schools. They must change the way they think about ability, competence, and success and schools to redefine support so that the need to “sort” children is reduced. Schools must not require students to adapt to the prevalent teaching practices, instructional materials, and assessment instruments that are used in schools and which often lead to the determination encourage that they are deficient in their ability to learn.
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