The wealth gap and segregation in the U.S. grows. So does the gap in PISA scores. Don’t tell me there is no correlation.


The results are in and two decades of corporate school reform gets poor growth scores.

Common Core, Race to the top, Every Student Succeeds.

Some of the reforms had national and state teacher union support. I recall being told by AFT and NEA leaders that Every Student Succeeds needed my best lobby efforts.

It is a bust.

Dana Goldstein in the New York Times today:

Although the top quarter of American students have improved their performance on the exam since 2012, the bottom 10th percentile lost ground, according to an analysis by the National Center for Education Statistics, a federal agency.


The top 10% of the wealth distribution hold a large and growing share of U.S. aggregate wealth, while the bottom half hold a barely visible share.

I claim there’s a correlation between these two facts.

In the face of failure some in charge argue we should do nothing.

“Some education leaders said they saw no reason to drastically change policy directions”, reported the Times’ Goldstein.

Of course. That would mean going after the massive wealth inequality in America.

Other education leaders see it differently.

And by leaders I mean the students.

I’ve been in New York for the holidays. In New York City there have been weekly Monday walkouts of students organized as Teens Take Charge. Many of the student actions have been by selective admission school students who are outraged by the structural inequality of New York schools.

The NY Daily News:

NYC students at an elite high school in Midtown Manhattan walked out of class Monday as part of what they called a “strike for integration.”

The walkout occurred at Beacon High School on W. 44th St., a highly-selective liberal arts school with a long history of academic excellence, and where 45% of students are white, compared with about 15% in city schools overall.

Hundreds of students marched in front of the building and chanted “Hey, hey, ho, ho, segregation has go to go,” and “End Jim Crow,” as they carried signs that said “Student Voice is great but we prefer adult action.”

The students blocked off a block of W. 44 St. during the half-hour walkout in freezing rain.


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