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    and your concluding paragraphs express so beautifully the assertion that schools, through gate-keeping and stratified courses, perpetuate privilege. But you also say that

    expecting that oasis to CHANGE a much more powerful society of inequity is a mirage.

    Why is it a mirage?

    I take issue with this part of your statement,

    The political and corporate elite benefit from a constant state of education crisis because that perception allows them to point at the schools and distract us from their own failure to address the conditions of inequity that insure their privilege.

    I want you to consider the possibility that the political and corporate elite benefit from a constant state of educational inequity because that allows them to control our economic system by controlling wages, working conditions and power. Knowledge is power.

    The political and corporate elite have not failed to address the conditions of inequity that insure their privilege. They have succeeded in creating those conditions by using gate-keeping, stratified courses and disabling early reading programs in order to insure their privilege.

    Yes, they are using this controversy to destroy the public school system. Why would they miss an opportunity to destroy progress in all its forms. But we are in this controversy because they have been doing this within school teaching programs for generations, from the start really. And parents are taking measures to improve schools. Where they are succeeding we should emulate their success. This is the recommendation of researchers from all points of view.

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      I agree totally with your last 3 paras and not sure how you didn't see that in my piece; that is the essence of my third bullet in last comments of my piece. . .

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