In a perfect world, all children would go to school with equal abilities, motivation, and resources. But that is hardly the case in this country, as teachers have long known. Rather than accept the reality and proceed accordingly, many public schools deny the majority the right to a quality education because a minority lacks it (“Berkeley Schools Leave Every Child Behind,” The Wall Street Journal, Apr. 3).
I’m referring now to the decision by some school districts in California, Kentucky and Washington state not to go online in the wake of the coronavirus because not all students have access to the internet at home. In other words, the majority must be deprived because of the minority.
I’m not advocating turning our backs on those who come from disadvantaged backgrounds. On the contrary, I believe we have a moral obligation to help them achieve. But what about the rights of the majority? As long as we continue to sacrifice their right to a quality education, we are undermining the future of this country.
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