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August 11, 2013

CEPEDA: The definition of learning down

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Many charter schools, athletic programs and even high-intensity chess programs operating in America’s poorest communities have proved time and again that students who are pushed hard by talented and passionate teachers can excel beyond even the highest expectations set for them.

Don’t all students deserve the same optimistic belief in their potential?

Esther J. Cepeda is a columnist for the Washington Post Writers Group. She can be reached at estherjcepeda@washpost.com.

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