MSNBC Discussion on Education's Problems


04/15/11

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MSNBC's Ed Schultz hosted a discussion that was billed as race-meets-education. In reality, the debate was all over the place.

That it was so murky — from whether education is a civil right to what will fix America's schools regardless of student race — is evidence of the state of education reform and the debate surrounding it. A panel of Al Sharpton, Russlynn Ali (Department of Education), Randi Weingarten (AFT President) and Derrell Bradford (NJ's E3, Excellent Education for Everyone) discussed "The Black Agenda."

You can watch the video below:

A few important pulls:

Ed Schultz paraphrasing Bill Cosby: "We have a lot of things to do to make things right when it comes to public education in this country, and a good, stable home life is a big foundation."

Russlynn Ali: "[Education] is not a right embedded in the Constitution, as the courts have said to us... that said, it is absolutely, as the President and Arne Duncan have talked about, the most important civil rights issue of our generation."

Derrell Bradford: "Chris Christie made talking about the plight of children, who are not Republicans, and who are largely African-American and Hispanic, a priority in his administration. That was something that... every single person before him failed to do."

Derrell Bradford: "I'm mad that more people aren't mad that these children will never take their place in the main as equals in this society. I can't stand for that, I don't think any human being should wait one more moment, and the spirit of equality that we're really supposed to be here to talk about starts with equal access. Just because you walk into a school doesn't mean you're walking into a place that will give you the kind of education you need to be a productive citizen."

I hope it doesn't go unnoticed how badly outclassed Weingarten, Sharpton and Ali were by Bradford.

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