First, look over this report from the Editorial Projects in Education Research Center. (It’s a 1.77 MB pdf, so it’ll take a few seconds to load.)
Our urban schools are in trouble. BIG trouble. As an educator for whom most of her students come from the DFW area, I’m sorry to say that a 55.8% high school graduation rate from the urban schools vs. 74.7% suburban doesn’t surprise me — a gap of 18.9%.
But, as pointed out in an ABC News: World News report, if over half of our high schoolers in the U.S.’s urban areas don’t graduate, then where do they end up going? What do they end up doing?
I think you can picture it for yourselves — and the picture looks very ugly.
Public school reform isn’t just an educational issue. It’s part of the foundation of improving domestic policy — crime, joblessness, poverty.
And easy band-aids, like “No Child Left Behind,” just won’t cut it.
This needs fixing, and SOON — or else, we’ll be back to an entrenched class system that this country had been trying to get away from since its very inception.