Inequality and Education - Rewriting No Child Left Behind

The importance of a strong education, a solid foundation of knowledge, cannot be overstated. In a speech to the Senate, U.S. Senator Michael F. Bennet went on to speak about the unequivacol responsibility we have as a nation, at every level of government, to acknowledge the freedom from ignorance. We must find ways to better educate our children - through cross-sectoral, bi-partisan efforts - or whatever method necessary to bridge the inequality gap and generate a more successful, more capable, more knowledgeable people. The U.S. Senate is looking at an opportunity to debate and reform our current outlook on the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, which is long over due. 

In reference to the inequality gap, he proclaims, “… in a way that is profoundly at war with our founding ideals, poverty breeds deeper poverty; lack of educational achievement breeds deeper academic failure; and broken families are the surest predictor of more broken families in the next generation and the generation beyond that."

Senator Bennet approaches the subject from the perspective of a parent, in an attempt to hypothesize a real stake in the outcome of our nations children. He emphasizes how important it is for Washington not to micromanage schools and perpetuate a system that drives compliance rather than creativity, but rather support local initiatives that tackle issues in the context that works best for the community and their students. He emphasizes the importance of good teachers and better, the administrators that support them.

I love one of his conclusive statements, in which he says, “In the end, we have a duty as a Nation to ensure that education liberates our children, rather than reinforces the circumstances into which they were born.

He’s couldn’t be more right, and I surely hope that our leadership does the right thing in updating their outlook on education reform, moving to rework No Child Left Behind in a way that improves equity and accountability, provokes innovation, and ultimately allows for greater opportunities and freedom. 

Read the transcript of his speech here or watch the video below.