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Inaugural Education

(01/28/2009)


Many in education will take heart from President Obama's inaugural address last week, including the encouragement they'll find in these few words: "we will transform our schools and colleges and universities to meet the demands of a new age".

Meanwhile the lessons of those who haven't just shrunk the academic achievement gap a little, or reduced it a lot in this grade and subject temporarily, but instead have gone all the way to closing the gap in every grade, subject, and year tells us that these inaugural texts: "our economy is badly weakened, a consequence of . . . our collective failure to make hard choices", "the challenges we face . . . will not be met easily", "the time has come to set aside childish things", "Our journey has never been one of short-cuts or settling for less . . . Rather, it has been the risk-takers, the doers, the makers of things — some celebrated but more often men and women obscure in their labor, who have carried us up the long, rugged path towards prosperity and freedom", and "our time of standing pat, of protecting narrow interests and putting off unpleasant decisions — that time has surely passed" are just as relevant to our task as the first.

So we know by the experiences of those who have gone before us in closing the gap that it is by executing the work of these latter texts that we achieve the goal of the first text. And it is by our volunteer's response to the very good nature of our Altadena voters that we will get there!



 

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