“A civil right is an enforceable right or privilege, which if interfered with by another gives rise to an action for injury. Examples of civil rights are freedom of speech, press, and assembly; the right to vote; freedom from involuntary servitude; and the right to equality in public places.
Discrimination occurs when the civil rights of an individual are denied or interfered with because of their membership in a particular group or class. Various jurisdictions have enacted statutes to prevent discrimination based on a person’s race, sex, religion, age, previous condition of servitude, physical limitation, national origin, and in some instances sexual orientation.” Legal Information Institute
“Achievement gaps occur when one group of students (such as, students grouped by race/ethnicity, gender) outperforms another group and the difference in average scores for the two groups is statistically significant (that is, larger than the margin of error). NCES explored the achievement gaps between Black and White, and Hispanic and White, students using NAEP data to illuminate patterns and changes in these gaps over time, and identify factors that might underlie such gaps. . . NCES
The group by which every other group is measured is white, middle-income students. The “achievement gap” in education denies and interferes with the education of every student considered to be in a “subgroup”.
Because we measure the performance of all children against the performance of middle-income white students every other group must “perform” like a middle-income white student or be recognized as less educable and in many cases classified as learning disabled, having behavioral disorders, or being other health impaired.
Public education, as it currently exists, is not only dehumanizing, standardizing and discriminatory, it is also illegal according to the Civil Right Act.
We must change the system of education so that it provides every child a developmentally appropriate, experiential, Arts based education, concentrated on discovering, developing, and directing their gifts and talents towards becoming knowledgeable, actively engaged citizens who know and understand that we, as humans, have the right to be individuals.
We must protect the civil rights of all children.
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