Wednesday, April 19, 2006

School dropout rate as 'civil rights issue'

It was general education as much as our Constitution and America's great natural resources that made the United States the power it has been, according to Paul Starr in The Creation of the Media: Political Origins of Modern Communications. That makes it all the more alarming that our public schools today, for all their successes, are failing so many children so badly. One can hardly blame the mayor of Los Angeles, then, for trying to take hold of the situation and start making improvements. He's just fired a shot across the bow of the education establishment, and you can read it in the Los Angeles Times.

Resources mentioned or brought to mind by the Los Angeles article:
--Dropout study edited by Gary Orfield at Harvard.
--The Silent Epidemic, a study of dropouts -- with recommended remedies at the individual and larger levels -- from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

What Florida is doing about its 30 percent dropout rate, as told in the Orlando Sentinel.

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