Privilege of education?

Published: Wednesday, May. 14, 2014 - 11:05 pm
Last Modified: Thursday, May. 15, 2014 - 8:41 am

Re "Fewer drop out of high school in Sacramento area" (April 28) Is education ia privilege or a right? Or is education for the privileged? This article at first glance made me smile. Of course keeping teens in school is always a plus. However, where are these numbers being taken from? Who sets the parameters for trying, when for many students, showing up is the daily battle?

Who are these disadvantage groups? Aren't these the same populace that tend to have the highest dropout rates and need the most support? However, in one sentence this article leads us to believe this is not the focus of this article. We are lead astray by buzzwords such as "dropout rates" and thrown facts and percentages.

I don't want a top down approach. We must fix the bottom first and create a foundation for the foundation of our society. Education for all, not just all with access.

-- Martina Olivarez, Merced

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