Common Ground is not so Common

Great point/counterpoint of two leading views often expressed about the effects of poverty.

Teaching in DC


In the words of Mark Twain, “We have not all had the good fortune to be ladies. We have not all been generals, or poets, or statesmen; but when the toast works down to the babies, we stand on common ground.” Finding common ground is difficult, yet it’s often necessary for producing pragmatic policies. With that said, I’ve recently had the privilege of submitting a piece on Peter DeWitt’s Education Week opinion blog, titled, “Finding Common Ground.” The piece below, “Poverty & Education: Meaningful Discussions or Misguided Diatribes?” was first published by Education Week on January 17, 2014. It’s an attempt to find a common ground within the often-contentious debates surrounding poverty and education reform. As always, feel free to offer your perspective and constructive critique in the comment section below.

Today’s guest post is written by Angel L. Cintron Jr., a 7th grade social studies teacher…

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