New York Times op-ed columnist Nicholas Kristof is calling for the focus to be returned to students in the midst of the Chicago teachers' strike. Kristof also points out that the critical battle we must wage against poverty is fought in schools, making education reform of the utmost importance:
America’s education system has become less a ladder of opportunity than a structure to transmit inequity from one generation to the next.
That’s why school reform is so critical. This is an issue of equality, opportunity and national conscience. It’s not just about education, but about poverty and justice.