The Moral Currency of the Opt Out Movement
Decades ago, whites and blacks were forced to live separate and unequal lives of opportunity, and a few brave civil rights activists took the first steps toward equality. America made progress and though not at all perfect, our public schools reflected America’s commitment to equality of opportunity, and through the ensuing years, most people in America, teachers, parents businessmen and politicians all contributed to the collective success of our young people.
Somewhere along the way, America lost its educational commitment and edge in the international community, and suddenly tumbled to mediocrity, as measured by an internationally accepted measuring stick. There are many reasons for this decline, most of which have their origins in how we, as Americans live our lives. Because in homes where educational and behavioral goals are mutually shared between home and school, children progress through school and, for…
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