People who are poor and have children are not able to advocate for them, so they are not able to perform optimally in school. Someone might smile broadly with pride, with statistics on how many poor children are attending classes. They would be fooling themselves.
One of the rhetorical puzzles that arose during Supreme Court arguments in the Fisher case poses a "catch-22" that could spell the end of affirmative action. The problem is that using numerical targets is illegal, but not using them might make the admissions process appear vague or unfair.
All kids can learn. But all kids cannot learn in the same way. It is incumbent upon us to meet these kids where they are and utilize the approach that best serves them, including offering more quality options for them.
The Center for Children in Poverty estimates that we have lost all of the gains we made over the past 50 years in child well-being. We've lost opportunity. We are facing a crisis that demands an urgent response in these politically charged and polarized times.
The world's educational resources increasingly are in the palm of our hand. The only question is whether we can envision and create a new educational world where all children have access to the world's knowledge.