It is imperative that a free and democratic society make educational advancement freely available each of its members who wish to improve themselves. Our freedoms, our democracy and our prosperity depend on an educated citizenry who, by virtue of their talents and efforts, become self-supporting, contributing stakeholders in the American Enterprise.s
Certainly everyone can learn, but we also know that there exists a wide range of aptitudes, attitudes, dispositions, interests, motivations, and preparedness factors for learning. These, we can seek to influence, but should never attempt to control.
The circumstances of one's birth should not deny any individual the opportunity to become the best they can be. Our nation cannot afford to overlook the potential of any individual.
Therefore, all Americans should demand that our children be educated in free public schools that nurture and develop each individual’s unique gifts and talents, while at the same time guaranteeing the acquisition of the knowledge, skills and understandings that are fundamental to become self-supporting and productive citizens.
Such an educational system would allow every student to achieve and perform at their fullest potential. Each individual would become a valuable and valued, contributing member of society. Such an educational system would produce a society that would be second to none.
The above statements sound like the same old rhetoric that politicians, government officials, and educational reformers have been using in platform speeches and mission statements for decades. Indeed it does sound familiar, unless you go back and read the third paragraph again. There is something new here, and it is an essential truth about human beings that has been virtually disregarded by the architects of our educational system. It is the foundation for everything that follows in our proposals.
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