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  •  That's really a different issue. (0+ / 0-)

    Certainly it should be addressed, in  a large part, through the education system.  But it never has been done well.   There's a whole host of reasons why those kids don't perform above average or even average.   Treating them as individuals with unique circumstances would be a great start.   Most of those kids have talents and abilities that could lead to successful lives.  Our definition of success is also warped around being "the best", rich, powerful.   It's part of why it is easy to make large groups of people into "the other" and demonize and blame them for all that's wrong with America.

    But my point was never that every kid is going to be an A student or headed to Ivy league school. That is simply not possible.  The point is that we shouldn't be spending and wasting money on for-profit programs that are really just taking advantage of the poverty stricken school districts, holding them up as representative of the American public school system, and using that as an excuse to take over public education.   The money spent (and lost in profits for the for-profit industry) and address the real core issue of poverty.  If we did that, it would be like night and day.

    Newt Gingrich, during the primaries, on releasing Rmoney's tax returns: "If there's anything in there that's going to help us lose the election, we should know it before the nomination, and if there's nothing in there, why not release it?"

    by Back In Blue on Thu Jul 19, 2012 at 06:48:36 PM PDT

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