Brown v. The Board of Education

Post submitted by PeterJFrisbie (On June 08, 2004 at 11:27 am):

The United States recently celebrated the landmark decision of Brown v. The Board of Education. This historic decision has had a profound and dramatic impact on our nation’s educational system ever since. The link below examines the Democratic Party’s commitment to equal educational opportunity over the past 50 years and their current education priorities and legislative initiatives.

In light of the anniversary we ask the question, should integration in itself be a goal for 2020 or if that can be equality in self-selected separation?

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Minority Graduation Rates

Post submitted by PeterFrisbie (On February 27, 2004 at 1:41 pm):

A new report suggests that only a half of minority students in the United States are graduating from high school. The article that discusses this report can be found at : per/editions/today/news_04d318f9c6ea9128003e.html

How does this new finding affect the focus and objectives of this policy group, if at all? Should the they change has a result?

What are your thoughts?

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Sex Ed.

Post submitted by NinaJohnson (On January 21, 2004 at 12:09 am):

One of the most tedious and controversial issues in education, deals with how and what our children should be taught relating to sex.

In his State of the Union Address, president Bush stated:

“To encourage right choices, we must be willing to confront the dangers young people face — even when they are difficult to talk about. Each year, about three million teenagers contract sexually transmitted diseases that can harm them, or kill them, or prevent them from ever becoming parents. In my budget, I propose a grassroots campaign to help inform families about these medical risks. We will double Federal funding for abstinence programs, so schools can teach this fact of life: Abstinence for young people is the only certain way to avoid sexually transmitted diseases. Decisions children now make can affect their health and character for the rest of their lives. All of us — parents, and schools, and government — must work together to counter the negative influence of the culture, and to send the right messages to our children.”

What do you think that our stance on sex ed. should be? And is this adequately covered in our stated objectives?

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State of the Union

Post submitted by NinaJohnson (On January 21, 2004 at 12:05 am):

In his State of the Union Address, President Bush said:

“All skills begin with the basics of reading and math, which are supposed to be learned in the early grades of our schools. Yet for too long, for too many children, those skills were never mastered. By passing the No Child Left Behind Act, you have made the expectation of literacy the law of our country. We are providing more funding for our schools — a 36 percent increase since 2001. We are requiring higher standards. We are regularly testing every child on the fundamentals. We are reporting results to parents, and making sure they have better options when schools are not performing. We are making progress toward excellence for every child in America. ” View Entire Speech

In essence, President Bush is addressing our second objective that education should help achieve personal enrichment, social enrichment, and economic investment

Does the No Child Left Behind Act adequately address our second objective?

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No Child Left Behind

Post submitted by NinaJohnson (On January 14, 2004 at 11:11 pm):

Just over two years ago, on January 8, 2002, President Bush signed into law the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB). This act was “designed to improve student achievement and change the culture of America’s schools.” [Source:]

Due to the complexity of this act, let’s look at it from the perspective of our stated objectives. Our first objective is that Education should work to close achievement gaps.

How does the NCLB achieve/fail to achieve this objective?

As always, please feel free to link to other articles/web sites in your posts!

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The privitization of public schools

Post submitted by NinaJohnson (On January 14, 2004 at 10:14 pm):

In her recent article, educator Jan Maher, a guest columnist in the Seattle-Post Intelligence talks about new legislation that could open the door for the privitization of public schools in Washington. [Article available at l08.html ]

What are your thoughts?

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WANTED: avenues to discuss

Post submitted by NinaJohnson (On January 12, 2004 at 9:13 pm):

We are always looking for new ideas to discuss, or new angles to pursue. If you have any ideas, feel free to post them under this heading!

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