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Three ways to make a difference for public schools in 2014

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The excerpt below is from an article written by Dennis Van Roekel, president of the National Education Association. It was published yesterday on the website Good: Creative Solutions for Living Well + Doing Good.

It’s been a little over five years since a financial crisis pushed our economy to the brink of disaster. Thankfully we didn’t fall into the abyss, but the recovery hasn’t been equally shared among all Americans. While long term unemployment remains perilously high and middle class families struggle to pay their bills, a fortunate few enjoy unprecedented prosperity.

Dennis Van Roekel

                    Dennis Van Roekel

The most important thing we can do to restore equal opportunity in our nation is strengthen public education. Most educators work hard and do a great job, but we can’t do everything that’s necessary by ourselves. Here are three ways that every American can help:

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Reader Comments

  1. Mamie Dinani

    We have a beautiful opportunity to get a decent education in this country, but yes, every child & their family needs the resources of the community according to their need. I help as often as possible in various ways.

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  2. Teresa

    And the racist comment about Vietnam- “Even Vietnam…” Please get an education.

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  3. Jackilyn Nicklow

    One of my fellow teachers recently told me that even Vietnam is ahead of us in education. Wake up, people! We can’t run a school system with no supplies, emphasis on standardized tests, low teacher salaries and expect success! The politicians don’t care about our kids! They care about big business and what benefits them! They are pathetic, self serving,greedy, butt*****! I have seen education sink into the muck of corporate America and they have all but ruined it! I been watching for 36+ years as they have taken God ou and anything to do with him! That was the biggest mistake of all!

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    • Judi

      Ok, seriously? Even Vietnam as though they are the low of the low. Of course their education is better! They might actually work really hard and apply themselves.
      I agree that much has to be done to improve our system. We are so afraid to fail our children. We have lowered our standards. Raise them and have expectations. Make our teachers, students and parents accountable!
      Please don’t put others down in the process!!
      Judi

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    • Teresa

      GOD is the answer? You’re kidding, right?

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  4. Jackilyn Nicklow

    One of my fellow teachers recently told me that even Vietnam is ahead of us in education. Wake up, people! We can’t run a school system with no supplies, emphasis on standardized tests, low teacher salaries and expect success! The politicians don’t care about our kids! They care about big business and what benefits them! They are pathetic, self serving,greedy, butt*****! I have seen education sink into the muck of corporate America and they have all but ruined it! I been watching for 36+ years as they have taken God ou and anything to do with him! That was the biggest mistake of all!

    Reply

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