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Stephen B. Young: How to end the achievement gap

Any falling short in academic achievement for young Minnesotans (or young Americans for that matter) is unacceptable for two reasons. For individuals, academic underachievement sentences them, in general, to the lower rungs of economic prosperity over their lifetimes; for the state and the nation, academic underachievement precludes optimal economic growth.

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Stephen B. Young: The collapse of the Obama presidency?

For this week I was going to offer a different approach to ending the education achievement gap among our subcultures, but then Syria happened. President Obama threw the ball to the Congress to decide what, if anything, the United States should do seriously to punish Bashar al-Assad’s regime for violating international law

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Stephen B. Young: Institutional racism in St. Paul schools?

The acquittal of George Zimmerman in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin immediately launched an emotional exchange of views as to whether institutional, systemic racism still prevents African-Americans, particularly young African-American males, from succeeding as American citizens on a par with persons descended from other ethnic groups.

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