US education riddled with inequity


The wounds of segregation were still raw in the 1970s. With only rare exceptions, African-American children had nowhere near the same educational opportunities as whites.

The civil rights movement, school desegregation and the War on Poverty helped bring a measure of equity to the playing field. Today, despite some setbacks along the way, racial disparities in education have narrowed significantly. By 2012, the test-score deficit of black nine, 13 and 17-year-olds in reading and math had been reduced as much as 50% compared with what it was 30 to 40 years before.

Achievements like these breathe hope into our belief in […]