I’m in New York for a summit organized by The Maynard Institute and the Committee of Concerned Journalists about the nation’s dropout crisis. (My editor couldn’t go, so I graciously agreed to step in.)
“Where is the outrage?” the moderator, CCJ Director Mark Carter, kept asking the journalists.
Carter wondered whether we thought readers might care more about the largely uneducated populace if the problem was linked to broader issues connected to it, such as America’s global competitiveness, the regional economy, taxes, or crime.
Do you sense that the public is, in fact, outraged about Oakland’s dropout rate (about 28 percent, according to the latest state report, and higher by other measures), or that they’ve come to expect such statistics from urban school districts?
Or is the bigger question the quality of high schools in general, and how they are preparing all students?