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Education Deferred


Paraphrasing abolitionist orator Frederick Douglass: "Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will."

Like Frederick Douglass, we know if we are to remove the achievement gap that has been heaped upon our community's children, we must pay for its removal in some way. We do this by our labor and by our sacrifice. So when encouraging words from some state or national leader raise our hopes, we should be prepared for when the leader's words are met by Frederick Douglass's reminder about power's demands.

Such is the emerging outcome for closing the academic achievement gap at the national level, at the present time. In an April 21 LA Times article we read: "Among the president's seemingly limitless goals, some are clearly essential, others optional. Reviving the economy comes first . . . Healthcare and energy are next . . . After that, everything -- even education and deficit reduction -- may be deferrable."

Rather than be discouraged, we are reminded of Mass Insight's 2008 recommendation to do pretty much exactly what we are doing to close the achievement gap! So let's keep right on doing it!

If you have not yet done so, now would be a very good time to help spread the word and get signatures. Please click Get Involved!


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