Final debate: Did McCain miss mark on education?
By: Rochelle Riley
The moment came near the end of the debate. It was a small gaffe, something celebrity pundits didn’t bother with in the flurry of analysis afterward.
But it was just as telling about how out-of-touch Sen. John McCain is when it comes to American schools.
Despite calling education “the civil rights issue of the 21st century,” McCain said, “There’s no doubt that we have achieved equal access to schools in America after a long and difficult and terrible struggle.”
In what America does John McCain live?
He must have missed the 2002 study done by the Civil Rights Project showing a trend toward resegregation that is pushing schools toward levels of disparity that rival those of 25 years ago — and that poor children still learn in schools that are grossly inferior to schools in wealthier neighborhoods.
He can’t possibly know about the lack of books and equipment in urban schools that are staples in wealthier suburban districts.
And I bet he isn’t aware that many urban districts across America graduate fewer than half of the students who enter as freshmen.
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