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Romney Video Nails “THE” Urban Education Question

Posted by Larry Doyle on September 18, 2012 10:52 AM |

America has a problem dealing with the truth. You do not think so? Then why is it that NOBODY  — and I mean NOBODY — in our mainstream media deals substantively with the following:

1. urban graduation rates
2. family structures in general and the rate of single parent births specifically
3. the fallout from both 1 and 2

If anybody seemingly comes close to these third rails, then the likes of Chris Matthews and others seem to rally to the defense and pull out the race card. Well, I will not even dignify Matthews, a fellow Holy Cross alum, or his like. I truly care about each and every citizen in our nation. I believe our nation can and will progress IF and ONLY IF we embrace the cold hard truth. 

Say what you want about Mitt Romney and comments recently released in a string of clandestinely captured communications. The simple fact is in the midst of all that, the Republican candidate nails a Sense on Cents hot button issue and one that America should address as well. What did Romney say and ask?

“Fifty percent of the kids in high school in our 50 largest cities won’t graduate from high school. What’re they gonna do?”

BINGO!! Romney nails it.

I have repeatedly broached this topic and ask the same questions once again. What will become of these millions of high school dropouts in America? Why is it that there is an exceptionally high correlation of high school dropouts with single parent births? As the rate of single parent births EXPLODES ever higher, the massive social issues and associated costs (juvenile crime, teen pregnancies, substance abuse, high school dropouts , a cycle of poverty, obesity) highly correlated with that topic will likely EXPLODE as well.

Many within our general media will spend an inordinate amount of time and effort parsing Mr. Romney’s comments. The clanging of that noise is designed to distract many within our nation. For those who truly care about America, though, let’s have an intelligent discussion about our nation’s future. What will happen to all of the high school dropouts? Why have gangs within our major urban centers become such a problem? Who is populating and growing the gangs? What about the exploding rate of single parent births? 40% of newborn Americans enter the world into a single parent family. That rate is much higher for selected ethnic groups.

Let’s not allow teachers unions and selected social groups to hold America’s children and any political party hostage and vice versa. Let’s break out the cold, hard truth serum. High time America has these conversations. Can we handle the truth?

Let’s get it on. I mean, it is only the very future of our republic at stake.

Comments, questions, constructive criticism always encouraged and appreciated.

Larry Doyle

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I have no affiliation or business interest with any entity referenced in this commentary. The opinions expressed are my own. I am a proponent of real transparency within our markets so that investor confidence and investor protection can be achieved.


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