We are all responsible for the 'gap

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I read your Feb. 8 column [Myopia and the minority student achievement elephant, Ken Trainor]. I agree with your list of people that could be blamed for the achievement gap at Oak Park schools. I agree that these people should not be blamed. I am a child of parents who could have been blamed. They both worked full-time while I was growing up. They didn't ask me about my homework, about my schoolwork, or whether I needed help. They did try to ensure that food was on the table. I was lucky enough to have other people in my life who helped me.

Unfortunately, as an adult I emulated my parents' behavior. I tried to do otherwise; I read parenting books and went to parenting classes. Still, I became my parents. My son, if he had been a minority, would have been in the achievement gap statistics. Oak Park teachers kept giving me advice about how to be involved in my son's schoolwork. I did become involved; however, the execution of my involvement was a failure. The other 17 groups of people that you named in your editorial did not become involved.

I believe that none of these people is to blame. I do believe that all of them are responsible. They must be responsible enough to point their fingers in their own direction. They must be responsible enough to take action. They must be responsible for showing parents how to execute involvement.

Elizabeth Vanderveer
Oak Park

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