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February 01, 2012

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wokie weah

Thank you Dale for a thoughtful article on learning,equality, and opportunity. The sooner we acknowledge the reality of unequal learning opportunities,the closer we will come to finding a solution strategy. My hope is Minnesota will be led by a strong vision. Youthprise is committed to working with other organizations and across sectors to close the opportunity gap.

Samantha Grant

Thanks for starting this conversation. I have an educational background in special education, and one of my very wise professors drummed into our heads that fair doesn’t mean equal. I agree that there are unequal learning opportunities for youth, but what if we looked at it through the lens of fairness? Would be see an even larger gap?

Having the frame of fairness has allowed me to think about youth programming in a more responsive way because opportunities are built around what is best for the community or individual. What is best for one youth may not be best for all youth. It also doesn’t necessitate that quantity is the most important driver.

What are your thoughts on this switch from equality to fairness?

State Representative Joe Mullery

Dale, thanks for making this important statement. It is exactly what I have been trying to get through to legislators and administrators. All recent research backs you up, and we aren't going to close the "achievement gap" in classroom learning until we work with the "whole child" as they are growing up.

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