Summer Savings! Get unlimited digital access for 13 weeks for $13.
Readers Respond
News Opinion Readers Respond

Education gap begins early

Morgan State University President David Wilson makes a compelling argument that "receiving a quality education at the elementary and secondary level is a civil and moral right" ("Why education should be considered a civil right," May 13). I applaud his altruism, but elementary education is too late to solve this achievement gap.

Sadly, kindergartners from low-income homes have an approximate vocabulary of 5,000 words while their peers from high-income homes have a 20,000 word vocabulary. Even at 5 years old, the achievement gap is almost unrecoverable. This disparity is exacerbated by our public schools' anachronistic summer vacation policy. By 9th grade, summer learning loss is responsible for approximately two-thirds of the achievement gap separating rich and poor students.

Unfortunately, I believe this heartbreaking gap will persist until our nation, and our teachers unions, are willing to address large scale infant education programs and repeal the deleterious summer vacation policies.

David Dixon, Quantico, Va.

Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun
Related Content
  • Just cooperate with police

    Just cooperate with police

    I have watched the video in question several times, and the police officer did not drag Sandra Bland out of the car ("Sandra Bland didn't deserve to be in jail, much less die there July 23). You are missing the point entirely. She was pulled over for something illegal.

  • Hogan right to close the city jail

    Hogan right to close the city jail

    The Baltimore City Detention Center has been not only a blight to the city but also the state of Maryland for eons ("Hogan closes city jail," July 31) . I applaud Gov. Larry Hogan for having the fortitude to do something the previous administration did not.

  • ISIS not a byproduct of carbon dioxide

    ISIS not a byproduct of carbon dioxide

    One can expect former Gov. Martin O'Malley to develop ludicrous postulates to garner the support of the radical left. The Sun may support Mr. O'Malley's bid for the presidency, but to promote a hypothesis that ISIS is an outcome of global warming is beyond the pale of credibility ("ISIS and climate...

  • How Baltimore might rise

    How Baltimore might rise

    As a longtime activist of Baltimore, I am tired of the same old, same old. I keep asking myself, "What keeps me here?" Will the racist and classist ways we rebuild our cities continue with a public transcript of "gentrification benefits everyone" even while rents continue to increase, pushing black...

  • Baltimore needs BRT

    Baltimore needs BRT

    Recently, Lt. Gov. Boyd Rutherford announced that Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) should be considered as an alternative instead of the now-shelved Red Line light rail system ("Who knew Hogan, Rutherford were such transit geeks," July 15). Why? Costs. Light rail is extremely expensive — to the tune of...

  • Orioles: No gnomes, please

    Orioles: No gnomes, please

    In light of the Orioles recent near-death spiral, many fans have pinned the blame on the Buck Showalter Garden Gnome giveaway ("Buck Showalter garden gnome briefly causes long lines at Camden Yards," June 28). True, their record since the promotion has been dismal and Buck Showalter was warned...

Comments
Loading
88°