And please, let’s not talk about the responsibility of
parents when it comes to hungry children. Let’s just
feed the kids.
To get to equity in outcome, we’ll have to come to
grips with the fact that the typical school schedule is
simply inappropriate for most places in the country,
especially underperforming districts. There are no
cows to milk in the inner cities, so there’s no reason
for students to go home at 3 p.m. In most cities,
there are no crops to tend to in the summer, so the
students can stay in school all year long. Further,
a recent New Yorker article presented research that
demonstrated that poor teachers have a higher
impact than poor schools. Let’s get to a place where
we pay teachers for accomplishment, not just the
amount of time on the job.
You didn’t mention immigrants in your e-mail,
but let me add that studies show that learning English is more important than learning the coursework.
If we’re going to have secure borders and a coherent
society, then we need a common language, and it’s
the obligation of “we the people” to provide that
education up front.
Is this going to cost money? You bet it will, but
not over the long run. Imposing the condition of equitable outcome would create the greatest economic
development boom ever seen in our country. The
government conducted a study and found that the GI
Bill (which gave returning World War II and Korean
War veterans free higher education) had a SEVEN-to-ONE return on investment when you consider tax
revenue from better-educated people.*
In this time of economic crisis, is there a better
way to spend federal and state funds?
In closing, I agree with you about a shift in
“cultural emphasis,” but not in the way you framed
it. The burden isn’t on just Black people; it’s on all
Americans. The change in “cultural emphasis” needs
to be that we no longer accept differences in outcome
that are based on race. Equity in outcome is the
only way to build a sustainable country in a global
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