Minneapolis students' struggles start early, report says

  • Article by: COREY MITCHELL , Star Tribune
  • Updated: October 4, 2011 - 8:15 PM

Poverty, disparities in minority groups can leave a lasting mark.

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inrealityOct. 4, 11 8:31 PM

Let's change the title to "Public School Students Struggle Early". I have the solutions to our educational issues. We need to encourage 2 parent families and remove the welfare incentives that encourage single parent families. I'm not going to go into deep analysis on this, I think you can probably understand my overall point. The main thing I want to get to is our educational system. We need to get government out of the education market. We need to privatize all K-12 and higher education. Why we ever allowed government to get so involved in this is beyond me. Government is unable to do anything efficiently and delivering education is no exception. We survived & prospered for nearly 200 years before we formed this massive government run education system, so we know we can survive without it. It is time we end this failed experiment and let free people make choice on the types of education they want for their children. Parents should shop for an education as they do any other product or service. Parents know what is best for their children. If we have a free market system it will create more educational diversity, more choices, lower costs and improve the quality. Choice & competition is the answer. We need to remove the political component. If we want what is best for "the children" then we need to implement an educational system of choice. The ONLY role that we could allow government to have is to provide a subsidy for SOME lower income families but those parents would go out and purchase a private education. This is exactly what we allow our government to do today with food subsidies. People get the subsidy and then they go to a private grocery store to buy their food. It is time for change and time to embrace the concept of freedom. God Bless America.

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dflleftOct. 4, 11 8:34 PM

TOO BAD FOR THESE KIDS, and then to make matters worse, they are forced to attend a union and DFL infested school district that no one reading this would even allow their own kids to go to.

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mediamanOct. 4, 11 8:53 PM

If you read the Minnesota Constitution, you would find that the State of Minnesota is responsible for the education of the children in the state.

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gizkazzOct. 4, 11 8:56 PM

We were a family of 6 kids and were the second poorest family in our town. All 6 of us have managed to attain a very good life style and so have our children.Believe it or not even though we lived in a town we did not have running water or an inside bathroom until late 1960. But we had family, my parents did not expect the school to raise us and we were taught that if you wanted something you worked for it. today's kids are not made to work to better themselves they are taught to hate Whitey because it is all his fault,and because they are not at fault it is ok to rob steal even kill for what they want. Do not blame the schools or expect them to raise your kids, take the blame for your shortcomings as a parent and raise your kids to respect others

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btaleenOct. 4, 11 9:02 PM

Bottom line- you need strong famlies, which includes a mom and dad. I remember when my kids were young, my wife and I read EVERY night to them, taught them vocabulary, and stressed how IMPORTANT education is/was. I don't care if you are white, black, green or purple, stress to your kids how important learning and BEHAVING in class is, especially in today's society.

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mhrichardson99Oct. 4, 11 9:08 PM

Inreality - do you even know any kids or parents who fall in these categories? When I stood in line at the counseling office at my local high school and saw the inability of parents to understand and work with the current system, I understood why public education struggles. And these were the parents who could and did show up. You are advocating vouchers.

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liamgilmoreOct. 4, 11 9:15 PM

Invariably this all begins in the home. Regardless of the quality of the teachers or the education system, if the child goes home to intellectually empty family, parents who make little or no effort to work with their children then the outcome is dire. I suspect if you were to walk into the homes of most failing students you would very well find parents who make no real effort to help their children. It is foolhardy to expect a teacher to be both educator and parents to a child. At best a school teaches a student how to study. And study takes place at home. If the parents choose to be lax in their efforts to nurture and support what the school is doing then what remains is what we see around the city today. The best teachers will fail if the parents fail in their responsibility ... However children will still rise and do well with adequate instruction and thinking parents. These article are incredibly dull minded in that they say absolutely nothing about real causes. Based on past history you simply cannot blame the economy or skin color for success of failure but you sure as he-ll can blame dull minded and unthinking parents.

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mediamanOct. 4, 11 9:31 PM

Its interesting the way the right goes to the welfare system. Perhaps you should show some respect for the families that work three or four jobs to give their families shelter and food. Most people in our country are just one medical crisis away from bankruptcy. In addition in today's job market those lucky enough to find new jobs probably aren't making top dollar. Must be nice to think that anyone receiving any assistance must be freeloading on welfare. Get out of your basement and meet some people who got dealt a bad hand, yet try to make the best of it.

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brianstrOct. 4, 11 9:44 PM

Poverty can affect one's opportunities in life? How many more studies do we need to show a correlation? It's a fact. Economic mobility is non-existent for this reason.

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DacotaOct. 4, 1110:05 PM

mediaman ... if you're not intelligent enough to interpret the Constitution as mandating a "vehicle" for the state to provide the opportunity to be educated at the behest of the PARENTS of the children, the you'd better go back to school. Proper PARENTING is the key!!!

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