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Recently, William J. Bennett, Secretary of Educa- future all are problems that need to be addressed. It will tion under President Ronald Reagan, articulated the direct take a collaborative approach to improve Rhode Island’s correlation between receiving a strong education and the educational issues and put the state on track for long-term eradication of poverty. Education still stands as the primary economic growth. However, improving teacher quality cansource of social mobility for every individual living in the not be phased out of the equation. The teachers who signed U.S., Bennett said. He alluded the petition to “slow RIDE to English philosopher Eddown” all play a crucial role in Rhode Island’s evaluation system is mund Burke, who referred to educating Rhode Island’s chilboth unique and controversial because communities that encourage indren. However, they must unit evaluates teachers based on student tellectual growth and character derstand that empirically suplearning objectives set by teachers and the ported instructional techniques development as “little platoons,” school administration. all of which serve as sources of will improve both their abilities upward mobility for society. as educators and the education The responsibility of every state is to educate its they offer their students. Rather than slow down, Rhode Ischildren to the best of its ability. Rhode Island is no excep- land must speed up, and work its way closer to making subtion. As shown in the Pearson study, issues of family en- stantial improvements in helping its students achieve the gagement, the culture of learning, and educating for the American Dream.

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