The facts that school reformers ignore – The Answer Sheet – The Washington Post

Careful examination discloses that disadvantaged students have made spectacular progress in the last generation, in regular public schools, with ordinary teachers. Not only have regular public schools not been “the great discriminator” — they continue to make remarkable gains for minority children at a time when our increasingly unequal social and economic systems seem determined to abandon them.

I’m not suggesting this is the end of the story…FAR from it. But in the midst of the rhetoric, it’s important to make sure we have our facts straight and not just buy into stuff that sounds like it jives with our own prejudice.

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