Brown vs. Board of Education

  • 05.17.14

    60 Years Later, Education Inequities Remain

    In this article, Ben Jealous looks at the Common Core State Standards as another step towards equal access to high-quality education. He states "The educational landscape today is defined by its harsh inequities. Students of color lag behind their white peers in test scores and graduation rates on nearly every ind...

    In this article, Ben Jealous looks at the Common Core State Standards as another step towards equal access to high-quality education.

    He states "The educational landscape today is defined by its harsh inequities. Students of color lag behind their white peers in test scores and graduation rates on nearly every indicator." Rather than this being an an indication of ability or desire, "African-American and Latino students tend to live in poor neighborhoods with underfunded schools, and these schools lack the experienced teachers, extracurricular activities, and access to college courses that help students thrive."

    While Jealous states that the Common Core state standards are not perfect, and there are legitimate criticisms from both sides, "The first step to solving a problem is identifying it correctly. The Common Core standards offer clear, consistent and high expectations for what children should be learning at each grade level. Although the new tests are often more difficult, they also offer a more accurate portrait of student achievement."