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The Hill | All students matter should not become education’s mantra

In this timely op-ed featured in The Hill, David Flink makes the case that Congress is falling into a nationwide trend that says “All Students Matter” and continually sidelines students who learn differently.

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We won’t improve our education system by proclaiming that “All students matter” and then giving every student the same attention and experiences. If we want equality in our education system, we have to start customizing instruction to bring out the best in individual students. The one in five students with learning disabilities need more and different opportunities and tools. They also need teachers who appreciate them and understand that they’re dealing with systemic ableism. But most importantly, they need their voices to be heard.

—David Flink

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