Too often, education reform discussions focus just on the hard facts. They spotlight the difficult truths of public education, where too many kids are failing to perform at goal, where too many students are dropping out of high school, and where too many children are denied access to a exemplary public education.
But if we are serious about improving our public schools, and if we are truly committed to ensuring that all kids — regardless of race, family income, or zip code — have access to great public schools, we must focus on both the truths and the hope. We must be honest about our shortcomings but forthright about the possibilities.
Last month, I had the honor and privilege of speaking at the Connecticut NAACP State Convention. In remarks focused on both the truth and hope of education reform, I talk of the social contract we have to provide all kids with a great public education. You can see most of the speech here. The first few minutes are missing, but it is still worth a watch …
(Originally published on Yes Conn, We Can blog.)