As your editor enjoys a weekend with family -- and gets ready to broadcast a new Dropout Nation Podcast (http://dropoutnation.net/category/dropout-nation-podcast/)for Tuesday -- check out this repeat from February 2011 which takes on adults who tout low expectations such as Queens College professor emeritus and opponent of teaching higher-level math Andrew Hacker (http://dropoutnation.net/2012/07/30/why-algebra-matters-and-why-those-who-think-it-doesnt-are-wrong/) (as well as the writers of Harvard's Pathways to Prosperity report from a year earlier). Their underlying argument — that poor and minority kids are incapable of learning college preparatory education — is a failed idea, while others who support (http://www.nas.org/polArticles.cfm?Doc_Id=1800) its recommendations do not consider the true underlying causes of the nation’s education crisis.
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