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Indignant Lesson #2: Understanding America’s War on Education

August 30, 2013

Most of us understand a war to include two distinct groups of individuals fighting over a political disagreement. Each side of the war is typically determined by geographical and cultural reasons (Vietnam War, French-Indian War, Gulf War, etc).

The war on education in America that we’ve been fighting for hundreds of years isn’t really a “war”, per se. It hasn’t been about two groups of individuals in opposition; it’s been about one group of people (American citizens) who have been fighting against an unfortunate societal reality. The goal of the war has been to defeat something known as The Achievement Gap, a nationwide persistent disparity that exists between academic achievement of two groups of students (historically these groups were blacks and whites, but in recent years has shifted to be re-identified as, essentially, the rich and the poor).
For most of history, this war was about America working together to offer all students – regardless of the socioeconomic status of their parents – equal opportunities in education. When The Achievement Gap was eradicated – or at least narrowed – the war would end.
The New Millennium has reinvented the War on Education in America to now be accurately called such. There are two distinct sides that include identifiable groups of individuals battling to achieve two very unique and conflicting goals. 
It’s time you decide which side you’re on. 

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