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Education

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The Equitable School System

Whether you call it the achievement gap, the opportunity gap, or the educational debt, what you have in mind is some form of educational equity. It’s an idea advocates and policymakers have been grappling with for years. For those who find the prevailing technocratic and market-based approach to reform problematic, it is important to have an alternative concept of an equitable school system. For schools to be at their most effective addressing educational inequity, they need the tools to counteract some of the effects of broader social and economic inequity.…

Embracing Diversity Can Solve MN’s Educational Disparities

"We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the other things not because they are easy but because they are hard…” --President John F. Kennedy At the core of learning is student motivation and engagement. While curriculum and funding are critical in education overall, they will not make much of a difference if students are not motivated to learn. The current command and punishment approach of high-stakes testing does not appear to be inspiring the students who need it most. This does not imply that teachers,…