Oliver Thomas writes that there is, “A poverty, not education, crisis in U.S.”
He continues, “When you measure the test scores of American schools with a child poverty rate of less than 20%, our kids not only outperform the Finns, they outperform every nation in the world.”
Thomas also suggests, “While the only long-term solution to poverty might be a good education, a good education is seldom available to children living in poverty.”
Given these facts, why is it so difficult to examine the system of education that we currently provide children of poverty to discover the reason why the budgets of poor inner-city school districts are so exorbitant with so little educational success to show for their investment.
It is clear that the fight to change the system of education so that it concentrates on the gifts and talents of all children is not available to children of poverty because there is a great deal of money to made from the educational failure of this particular group of Americans.
When politicians speak of growing the middle class, they are not referring to decreasing the number of Americans moving from the lower class to the middle. More aptly, they are pushing those climbing towards the upper class back towards to the middle without affecting the upper class that is currently in control.
The middle class must grow in order to support the growing lower class and continue to fund, with their tax dollars, the profits of private corporations, that are rising steadily as educational failure increases for the lower class across America.
Providing a developmentally appropriate, experiential, arts founded, child centered education to all children is not expensive nor is it lucrative for current or future profits.
In fact, it is just the opposite, it is less expensive and will ultimately lead to a loss of profits for those companies invested in producing educational materials, administrative leadership training, and managerial consultant services.
All of America’s children deserve an excellent education and we must say “NO” to selling any of our children to education profiteers.
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