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December 9, 2012

Madison Urban League and high-profile guests discuss achievement gap at education summit opener

Mario Koran:

But, Caire said, the biggest misperception about the achievement gap is that the same disparities exist across the county and that the problems are insurmountable.

"You guys, that's just not true," he said.

"People are doing this all over the country, proving it's not the kids," he added. "It's the structure, and it is the adults that have to be changed. There's some personal responsibility that has to be taken: we're not going to allow the same thing that's been going on to [keep] going on."

Canada challenged school districts to rethink their approaches to education by engaging students; "to prove something can work, then scale that up."

"We're not saying privatize education, we're saying let's try some innovation, hold some people accountable, this is moderate stuff, but because the climate has been so resistant to change it sounds revolutionary," he said.

Legend recognized that nationally, school districts face limited budgets but said countries with fewer resources are doing a better job of educating their students.

Posted by Jim Zellmer at December 9, 2012 1:09 AM
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