A Lesson In Disparities By: Nina rees

"The core promise of public education is that every student will have access to the best learning tools we can provide. But a new report from the U.S. Department of Education shows that we’re falling well short of giving all students equal access to a high-quality education."

I think that this lead is a summary lead because it contains what the editorial is mostly about, the education for minority groups.

Students in minority groups are still facing differences in the quality of education provided to them versus non minority groups.

I think that this is also a summary lead because it clearly states that we are going to be talking about the education of minority groups.

WHO: This article mainly focuses on kids in school. It explains how we still have differences between white and black students, and how it is affecting their education. Although this is about students, I also agree that it can target parents and teachers. It can target parents because if they have a colored kid then they can learn that there is an issue and try to stop it. I think that this also targets teachers because they need to learn to be fair and give the same respect to all students, and not based on looks. For example, teachers with higher rankings go to towns with better pay. I'm not stereotyping, but sometimes different minority groups tend to not be as rich as other people. This results in all the inner cities having teachers with less experience, so right off the bat they already have a disadvantage.

WHAT: This editorial mainly focuses on the lack on education that different minority groups receive. "A minority group refers to a category of people differentiated from the social majority, those who hold the majority of positions of social power in a society, and it may be defined by law. Rather than a relational "social group", as the term would indicate, "minority group" refers to the above-described." One of the main points that people are giving for this argument is that many blacks and latinos are not recieving the required classes they need for college or for when they go into workforce. For example 1/3 of schools in these towns don't have Algebra ll or chemistry which are required classes for college and help with higher paying jobs.

WHERE AND WHEN: This problem is occuring throughout the U.S. and has been ongoing for quite some time. The amount of students that are colored have increased and by 2022 it is expected that 33% more blacks than in 2011. Even though this is true, there is still a difference in the education that they recieve. This proves that this has been an ongoing issue.

WHY AND HOW: This is occuring mainly because people are treated differently based on the color of their skin. People need to learn to accept others, which isn't happening. As mentioned earlier, inner city school don't provide the same education because of multiple reasons. One being the better teachers go to higher paying towns. But, there are also other factors. One other factor is that some of these students might have difficulty doing this work because of their at home experience. Their parents could have issues between each other or with alcohol/drugs. This could rub off of the child by them not performing well in school because they are distracted.

"We’ve known about disparities in American education for decades, and for decades we’ve sought to correct them. But they still persist. The Education Department’s report will be most valuable if it catalyzes policymakers, superintendents, principals, teachers, parents, and everyone else in the education community to think creatively about how we can finally make changes that ensure students have access to a great education no matter where they go to school."

The difference in education that minority groups receive has been an ongoing issue for a while. Although many have tried to fix the challenge, they have failed. People need to become more aware of their surroundings and try to fix current issues that affect not only kids now, but their future in college and after they graduate.

MLA Citation:

A Lesson in Disparities. Nina Rees, 24 Mar. 2014, www.usnews.com/opinion/blogs/nina-rees/2014/03/24/report-shows-huge-disparities-between-white-and-minority-students.




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