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  • Condoleezza Rice's Inspirational Remarks on School Choice

    Listening to Condoleezza Rice’s speech at the Republican convention the other night, I have never felt so proud.

    Not because, like me, she is African American—and not because, like me, she is conservative—but because she makes everything so clear. We both grew up in the South and experienced so many things in common that impacted who we are. My family told me, just like Condi’s family told her, that with a quality education I could do and be anything I wanted to be.

    It was with that advice ringing in my ears that I entered Little Rock Central High School in 1966 with a small group of black students during a difficult time in our country’s civil rights history. Of course, I didn’t become Secretary of State, but I did accomplish many things of which I am incredibly proud.

    I, along with so many warriors, have fought hard for almost two decades for the children of this nation to receive a quality education. And I know, as Secretary Rice said, that “today, when I can look at your zip code and I can tell whether you’re going to get a good education, can I honestly say it does not matter where you came from, it matters where you are going? The crisis in K-12 education is a threat to the very fabric of who we are.”

    My parents were teachers in public schools in Little Rock, so I felt a strong connection to Rice when she said, “My mom was a teacher. I respect the profession. We need great teachers, not poor ones and not mediocre ones.”

    She spoke with such passion and such commitment that I couldn’t help but get a little lump in my throat as I said to myself, She just gets it. She understands how I feel and why I fight! I was cheering as she said, “We need to give parents greater choice, particularly particularly poor parents, whose kids—very often minorities—are trapped in failing neighborhood schools.”

    As we continue to move forward in our efforts to ensure that all of America’s children receive the best education possible, I must agree with Rice that education “is the civil rights issue of our day.”

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    4 Responses to Condoleezza Rice's Inspirational Remarks on School Choice

    1. Bobbie says:

      Condi is an American inspiration as is Virginia Walden Ford and many many known and unknown of various origins! Many in America overcome obstacles that get in the way without the belittlement of democrats assuring obstacles in our way! Democrats don't see worth in people who aren't white except to convince them unfairly lesser of and rope them into democratic shelters of dependency, wrongfully inducing low self esteem and no self confidence without democrats to lift them up with programs and rule changes just for those convinced and off the backs of those that know better.

      America is coming back where the democratic party unfairly disabled her. Land of the free, home of the brave. Her stand for all people!!

      God Bless America!!!! When America is mentioned it's we the people that stand above and government at constitutional bay! Free people and social government is contrast to America's free people and human dignity!!!!

    2. Alise says:

      Getting a proper education is the most valuable thing for young people. They need to consider all the facts before making a final decision. And especially I am talking about young people who live in a failing neighbourhood. They need to remember, that their future depends on THEM only. To help them make a right decision we have to have alternative schools, universities and colleges where these students can be admitted. Or maybe even have special loaning system for these kids. Everybody deserves to have a bright future

    3. Clarence Davison says:

      MY WHOLE HEARTENED APPROVAL TO BOTH WOMEN SOUNDS LIKE AN ECHO TO ME. OF ALL OF THE TEACHERS, K THROUGH 10, I WAS ASSIGNED , I CAN ONLY REMEMBER THE NAMES OF TWO. I ATTRIBUTE THAT NUMBER TO THOSE THAT I BELIEVE SHOWED INTEREST IN ME AS AN INDIVIDUAL STUDENT. ONE WAS A 1ST GRADE TEACHER, THE LAST WAS WAS A 10TH GRADE GEOGRAPHY TEACHER. BLESS THEM BOTH, FOR I LEFT SCHOOL IN THE TENTH GRADE. i OBTAINED A "GED," AND
      WENT ON TO GET A DEGREE IN ELECTRONIC ENGINEERING TECHNOLOGY. I MET A RETIRED PROFESSOR OF MATHEMATICS AND PHYSICS WHO IGNITED A LITTLE SPARK WITHIN ME. BLESS HIS MEMORY AS WELL. I RETIRED FROM AN ENGINEERING MANAGEMENT CAREER 22 YEARS AGO, BUT I OFTEN THINK OF AND THANK THESE WONDERFUL PEOPLE FOR THE GUIDANCE THEY GAVE ME. UNFORTUNATELY, I CAN ONLY THANK EACH OF THESE THREE TEACHERS SILENTLY, BECAUSE EACH HAS PAST ON TO A BETTER PLACE. I ACCOMPLISHED MOST OF MY ACHIEVEMENTS THROUGH THE EFFORTS OF MY PARENTS, THOSE THREE WONDERFUL TEACHERS, AND MY OWN EFFORTS TO DO BETTER THINGS DURING MY LIFE. i AM STILL TRYING. PERHAPS THEY HAVE LOOKED BEHIND THEMSELVES AND REMEMBERED THE WONDERFUL GIFT THEY GAVE TO ME; I KNOW i WON'T FORGET.

    4. Khem Irby says:

      When are we going to address why the schools are failing and target funding towards addressing a particular neighborhood school's lack. No one has asked the failing schools what they need to succeed and why they are not receiving it. One size fit all legislation is not the answer. We are only given solutions of a way out for some and still children are left behind. Are we content with this? Choice is not the solution to a school that is failing in any neighborhood. Is it a coincidence that failing schools are in poor neighborhoods?

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