Rhetoric has real consequences for Minnesota's kids

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Sometimes the easiest way to respond to a problem is to pretend it doesn’t exist. Focusing only on our success ignores not only the real challenges but also the opportunity to work together on solutions. Education Minnesota President Denise Specht’s recent commentary (“One flavor of reform leaves a bad taste,” Feb. 6) is an example.

Specht suggests that all is well in Minnesota’s schools — that the high performance of Minnesota’s students overall means that there is no need to reform our education system.

But that couldn’t be further from the truth. This ignores the harsh reality that Minnesota has thousands of students — predominantly African-American and Hispanic — who are not receiving an adequate education.

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