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Two decades of presidents have called America’s schools a ‘civil rights issue’ — here’s because that’s troubling

Aniya Cope (L) and Ryan Goss, 5, tone Chinese masks at Broadway Elementary School in Venice, Los Angeles, California, Apr 11, 2011. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson
Obama, and Bush have all called preparation “the polite rights issue
of the time.”


In a debate addressing Congress in February, President
Donald Trump called preparation the
“civil rights issue of the time.”
 He’s not the first
to assert such a claim.

President George W. Bush used the same denunciation in 2002,
President Barack Obama did so in 2011, and many
have used identical language
over the past roughly two

So since has this refrain come up so mostly from politicians from
both sides of the aisle?

Politicians and preparation reformers comparison are attracted to
the word since aligning preparation with polite rights creates the
issue some-more applicable for the stream generation, according to
Gerard Robinson, a associate at the American Enterprise Institute. 

“The procedure behind job preparation the ‘civil right issue of
the time’ is understandable,” he wrote in a
US News article
. “For one thing, the word links this
epoch to a estimable means for which prior generations
fought and died,” he continued. 

But the reason may also be, in part, a vital pierce for

“Every epoch articulates an ‘our time’ moment in American
education,” Robinson told Business Insider. “Politically, draping
preparation in the polite rights of ‘our time’ moniker has
bipartisan appeal, be it a Topeka, Kansas worldview for some
democrats, or a Milwaukee, Wisconsin worldview for some
republicans,” Robinson continued.

The word also has low chronological roots, according
to Leah
, a highbrow at Stanford University’s Graduate School
of Education.

“In some cases, framing preparation as a polite rights goal was
prolific for directing resources to low income, as good as
minority, students,” Gordon told Business Insider.
“Since Brown v. Board of
— which
tangible equal educational event as a right — t
is a prolonged story of polite rights activists fixation demands for
desegregated and equally, or at slightest adequately, saved schools
as one among many of their executive priorities,” she

Despite the focus on equivalence in education, large
feat gaps between secular and socioeconomic groups still
persist. This may be due to the rhetoric not translating
into to effective legislation.

“The problem is that controversial joining to educational
equivalence has not always been followed by with practices that
redistribute resources to the neediest students,” Gordon

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