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National commission: 'School inequality threatens U.S. prosperity'

Original post made on Apr 27, 2013

"Not every kid's going to be as lucky as I was," says Mariano-Florentino "Tino" Cuellar, whose work ethic and smarts propelled him from a mediocre high school on California's border with Mexico to Harvard University, Yale University and an endowed professorship at Stanford Law School.

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Posted by Bella
a resident of another community
on Apr 27, 2013 at 11:53 am

I'm from back east. I've been at the same urban school for 21 years. Currently, I am teaching 1st grade - I chose to move from 4th - PSSA test scores are more important than the big picture of teaching children. This article is speaking to the issues we discuss every day in the teacher's room (when we can get there and aren't using the time to service our students) Please, please keep writing these articles. I'm a regular ed teacher in a self-contained classroom. I have 28 students - 14 have either ADD, ADHD, ODD, or some other form of medical need that hinders their learning, 6 have at least one incarcerated parent, 3 are in families that are homeless and 2 have IEPs for an academic impairment (traditionally known as having mental retardation). I'd welcome anyone to challenge our university degrees, our academic honors, our on-going professional development, our commitment and/or the love we have for our students. However, we are drowning without life support - we need saved. There is not one person alive who can save 28 students and sadly "saving just one" isn't enough anymore. Please keep writing - help us to help the children. Thank you from Pittsburgh, PA!!! (P.S. Our two current kindergarten classes have 34 and 36 students. Not only do they have the same issues as our first graders, we are now seeing an alarmingly high incidence of students that have seizure disorders. It's a tragedy what these children face!)


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Posted by village fool
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on Apr 27, 2013 at 8:30 pm

This is not rocket science. All know that sustaining a prisoner is by far more expensive than providing adequate education, not to mention the harm done. Goes back to the very local achievement gap. Very low % of "underachieving", economical disadvantaged. If the affluent, educated Palo Alto can not make it, who can? Turns out that other districts do a better job. And still - there are many who choose to ignore the systemic issues manifested by a district that accepts and keep in the dark a letter from the math department teachers where "slackers" are discussed. for example.