Response to Slayer (Reply #14)

Mon Mar 9, 2015, 12:01 PM

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I think because a lot of people are really uncomfortable talking about this, and they view it through the perspective of their own education and historical upbringing.

These issues in many cases start with numbers, numbers are great because they really don't lie. What the numbers mean can be subject to debate but the numbers are pretty much the numbers.

The honest assessment is hard it requires one to review the data and state for the record that there has been some sort of failure. Did the system designed to protect people end up failing them with respect to education and opportunity? Or did cultural issues fail to accept the full benefit of the system? Or far more likely is there a combined cultural and systemic failure that needs to be addressed.

Money alone doesn't fix that, but a combination of money and reform of the system will be required. The word reform is frightening because many believe that to mean a way to deny something and often reform has been nothing more than denial of funding and opportunity disguised as fiscal responsibility.

This issue won't go away with hashtag campaigns or protests...so the real question is whether or not we the people care enough to have this uncomfortable conversation and see where it leads us, so far the answer is no we don't want to have the conversation because pretending it's all good is easier and far more palatable.

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