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ERIC Number: EJ920508
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0148-432X
Preserving the American Dream: A Teacher-Turned-Congressman Starts a National Dialogue on Equity
Honda, Michael
American Educator, v35 n1 p2-4 Spr 2011
While the worst of the Great Recession has passed, it has become clear that persistently high unemployment, coupled with budget woes that stretch from federal to local government, will be a reality for the foreseeable future. Knowing this, Congress, the Obama administration, and constituents across the country are having a serious discussion about the nation's economy and what needs to be done to keep people competitive in the 21st century. To make sure that education is where it belongs--at the heart of the conversation--people need to reframe what the president and others have called the civil rights issue of the time. Education is not only one of the greatest civil rights issues of the time, but it is also one of the greatest competitiveness issues, making it one of the greatest long-term economic issues, and by extension, one of the greatest national security issues people are faced with today. In this article, the author kick-starts that conversation by sharing his vision, what he is doing to build that political will, and what he thinks people need to do in order to create real equity.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A