T ahe latest movie about President Lincoln leads us to believe that as a child Lincoln played with and even felt protective of Negros when in reality, history tells us that President Lincoln owned slaves and believed in the institution. However, President Lincoln put his personal feelings aside and made a decision to end slavery because it was best for the country.
Todd Rokita, Congressman from Indiana, Chairman of the House Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary, and Secondary Education, its Ranking Member, Carolyn McCarthy from New York, and Tom Harkin, Senator from Indiana, Chair of the Education and the Workforce Committee along with Lamar Alexander from Tennessee, Ranking Member, must know and understand that our current system of education is predicated, and remains concentrated on educating the white male. In fact, the standard of excellence to which the educational community aspires is “middle income” white males with all other groups below.
“The “achievement gap” in education . . . is most often used to describe the troubling performance gaps between African-American and Hispanic students, at the lower end of the performance scale, and their non-Hispanic white peers, and the similar academic disparity between students from low-income families and those who are better off.”
That statement, “those who are better off” makes it apparent that the goal of education is not the betterment of mankind, the goal of our current system of education is to be “better off” like the “white peers” which are male.
We must continue to come together to change education locally, work together to effect statewide change, and then unify to make a national commitment to change by seriously converging upon Washington, in numbers to big to ignore, to let our political leaders know and understand that all of our children will be “better off” once we begin to provide them with an excellent education that considers the success of every child as its primary goal.
Education reform must happen now. Our political leaders must put aside their personal views and do what is best for the children of our nation.
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