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The Color of Mind: Why the Origins of the Achievement Gap Matter for Justice

Derrick Darby and John L. Rury


Why do white students have better test scores than black students in American schools? In this engaging book, Derrick Darby and John L. Rury answer this vexing question with novel historical evidence, and show that we must understand its origins to make further progress in closing the racial achievement gap. Telling the story of what they call the Color of Mind, the pernicious idea that there are racial differences in intelligence, character, and behavior, they show how philosophers such as Immanuel Kant and David Hume helped construct it, how it shaped American schooling, and how voices of di ... More

Keywords: achievement gap, Color of Mind, race, opportunity gap, tracking, school discipline, special education, dignity, justice, racism, Color of Mind index

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780226525211
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2018 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226525495.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Derrick Darby, author
University of Michigan

John L. Rury, author
University of Kansas