Some of you may not know that I used to be a teacher and before that was a social worker. Social justice issues remain close to my heart and I will always be an education advocate. These statistics are powerful and sad. The state I was most negatively shocked by is Oregon. As a PNW girl, I could not believe it made the bottom 5 for graduation rates. For more on educational issues, I recommend the following documentaries/books:
- Waiting for Superman
- The Great White Hope or The House I live in (both of these are about the drug war and their intersection with the education gap).
- Book: The Other Wes Moore (read this with my 6th graders and it changed their lives and mine).
- Book: Whatever it takes by Paul Tough