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Thompson: "Over the Counter Children"

ScreenHunter_01 Mar. 31 17.39 The "Civil Rights Framework" of the National Opportunity to Learn Campaign speaks a simple truth.  Even if Secretary Duncan's market-oriented "reforms" succeed, many poor children will be left further behind.  Competition that produces "winners," always produces "losers." Some Title I experiments will succeed as others fail, damaging real kids. The civil rights coalition recognizes the brutality of the choice being imposed on poor parents of color.  Who would seek a better educational future for a daughter in a charter or a small school if it means that her brother is sentenced to an even more destructive neighborhood school? The Framework's humane alternative is to invest in high-quality preschool and to transform low-performing schools into "Community Opportunity Networks."  The Campaign's web site links to an ecumenical pastoral letter, "An Alternative Vision of Public Education," that illustrates inevitable outcome of competition-driven reform.  Students in neighborhood schools are now called “over the counter” children.

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