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Stephen Downes

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This article points out how media descriptions of the state of education in the United Sates are flawed because the writers' perspetcives are not typical of the reality experienced by most citizens. "That assumption—that the series of choices available to Packer... reflects the experience of most other public school parents—is obviously wrong." Instead, "for most of them, the decision to opt out of the system altogether if their kids don't get into the city's very best public schools is simply not an option." As one person tweets, "It is the story of a tiny slice of wealth white parents who hold an inordinate amount of sway and who get the best public schools or pull their kids out." And CJR comments that  "the ease with which the media labels one experience as emblematic of many reflects a press corps that continues to fail at the goal of achieving meaningful racial diversity within its ranks.

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