Editorial: Honor King's legacy by closing the gaps

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  • Updated: January 16, 2012 - 9:36 PM

Economic and educational disparities still plague Minnesota, U.S.

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myfathurtsJan. 15, 12 8:46 PM

Help us understand how to close the gaps. My children's educational success starts with me and my spouse. It's about communicating the right message to our children about the value of education. It'a about setting the bar high for our children. It's about spending 1-3 hours per night with them on their homework. In my opinion, this is how children will get a decent education. I don't have time nor the inclination to do likewise for other people's children. I wish them them best but by the time the above acitivities are completed I'm going to sleep to get up very early to provide for my family. I suggest these families follow the above and if it doesnt work out, then lets talk.

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editor25Jan. 16, 12 9:23 AM

That's quite a load of gall you've got citing this King quote: "The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. ... Intelligence plus character -- that is the goal of true education." Then to go on and say that corporate shill outfits like MinnCan will induce needed changes. Quite the opposite - the testing, "accountability" and choice schemes favored by corporate reformers like the billionaire supported MinnCan actually hurt the ability of students to do critical thinking or "think intensely." More like "drill and spill." Who wrote this editorial? What is his/her relationship to the movement to kill teacher unions? What is his/her relationship to MinnCan? Has he/she appeared at their events? Promoted them?

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ptiltonJan. 16, 1211:14 AM

Do you realize this same editorial could be excerpted from your newspaper 10 or 20 years ago, or 10 or 20 years from now? Always the same message: we're somehow failing a significant segment of our society and isn't it a shame? Let's come up with some more useless programs and "partnerships," throw more good money after bad and wait until the next set of statistics tells us nothing has changed.

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amber1916Jan. 16, 1212:39 PM

If MN is showing such a gap between races in all aspects of life, what is wrong with MN? Where are these disparities coming from? Are these programs going to change the minds of teachers, employers, school districts and even parents themselves? I have very little confidence in "programs" changing racism, judgments and assumptions. Kids are kids, they grow into adults who have been affected by how they were raised, treated, loved and shown. Environment and parents play the biggest role in children achieving. Lead by example and let chips fall where they may. And by lead, I mean everyone from parents to law enforcement to schools

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kleindropperJan. 16, 12 4:11 PM

You can throw all the resources you want from the "providing" standpoint but in the end its up to the student for the results. They have great results with minority students an De La Salle, gee, I wonder what is different about that school?

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marathongirlJan. 17, 1210:43 AM

Education and the drive to learn and do well starts at home. All students going to public schools have access to the same resources and same education program. Throwing more money at the schools, doing more busing to kids to change the make up of the schools, etc isn't going to change anything if there aren't parents or some role model, or just an inner drive in the kid, that is going to make them focus and do their best. And you aren't going to be able to force parents to get involved if they have no interest in what their kids do.

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mspreader1Jan. 17, 12 3:33 PM

the tools MLK fought for are and have been in place for some time, could they be improved upon,sure. however, now the onneous is on those being provided these resources to do something with them. the problem is, they haven't held up their end of the bargain. its not about oppression, its about accountability and responsibility...and its clearly lacking in segments of our society. you can't help people who don't make decisions to help themselves...period!!

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