The truth for children everywhere in the world, including America is that if they are raised in a home where poverty is a factor, they will often do less well. In all likelihood, the parents of these impoverished children will often be less educated a factor that also affects the academic success of a child.
Most researchers agree that nearly 22 percent of American children are being raised in poverty, the highest rate of childhood poverty of any of the Western and industrialized democracies. Prominent figures like Bill Gates and his wife have been very out spoken about educational system problems and some of their positions have merit. The difficulties confronting American educators are complex and the solutions will not be found embedded in thirty second sound bites. America’s changing demographics, economic, political, racial and age must be part of the calculus. As new strategies are being constructed in response to a changing America, full out assaults on the American education system rife with unfounded generalizations and lacking fact, will not resolve or improve anything.
The same logic that has been applied successfully in other elements of our culture must be applied to education. First, a thoughtful and factual definition of the problem must be articulated so that all Americans can have a common understanding of the issues.
Remember, all kids count.
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