Saturday, September 6, 2008
Education and the American Dream
The first section of our textbook that we're going to read is titled "Learning Power." The introductory pages consider some of the ways that attitudes have changed about education in our nation over the centuries. The chapter also asks the implicit question, via the readings included, "does education empower us"? We will discuss this question over the course of our classes in the next week. I want us to consider here on our blog another weighty topic, one relevant to millions of young people today. Is our public education system here in America "broken"? Some people argue that it is (and I know some of you already touched on this in your previous postings). Can we ever expect all schools in America to equally prepare all children -- of all races, be they rich or poor, rural or urban -- equally, so that all share the same shot at the American dream? How might this come to pass? Or why might it be impossible? Please weigh in, on any side of this issue! I look forward to reading your comments.