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Stunning Look At 'What Schools Should Be'

Melinda Anderson

About 10 years ago Rev. Jesse Jackson highlighted educational inequalities when he elicited reciprocal visits between and among students from a suburban Chicago school and a nearby inner-city urban school. Each group of students learned valuable lessons about the stark contrast between urban and suburban schools. Little has changed a decade later.

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  • Liz Dwyer

    This part in the article: "It's the difference between students with constant access to counselors and nurses and students without those services always guaranteed; between a school with myriad after-school opportunities and those with few; between teachers with ample supplies and those who have to go begging for copier paper," broke my heart.

    Every school is supposed to have those things--and all the AP classes and the nice athletic fields, etc. And it is seriously criminal and immoral that they don't.

    • wmgraham1

      How does the serenity prayer go? Something like God, grant me the courage to change what I can change, the serenity to accept what I cannot change and the wisdom to know the difference.

      It is wisdom part seems to be where most people have been shortchanged. Far too many people are willing to simply accept that they cannot change things. Or maybe it is simply a shortage of courage.

      Find ways to overcome whatever challenges you are faced with and don't wait for someone else to help (if they do help it is an added bonus, but not something that should be a dependency).