FREE SPEECH ZONE | New census shows Minnesota is more diverse, but our schools don’t prepare students for this reality

Last week, the new census numbers were released and confirmed what most of us already knew: Minnesota’s population became more diverse between 2000 and 2010. Minorities now make up about one in every seven residents, up from about one in ten a decade ago. Nowhere is this diversity more evident than in the public schools, over a quarter of which now serve a majority of minority students. As our communities diversify, the achievement gap between white and minority students remains a critical shortcoming of our education system. Yet there is another gap that has not received the attention it deserves: the global competency gap. Continue Reading