SIMMONS: Path to success has fork in road

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As Americans from all points of view honor Black History Month, it’s worth noting that DuBois was the first black to earn a Ph.D. from Harvard and that Washington, who was born a slave, merely sought different means toward the same end. Washington advocated for skilled labor — and who now would reject his stance?

Every homeowner knows that electricians, landscapers, carpenters, plumbers and other such highly skilled and hourly wage earners don’t come cheap.

We are at the crossroads, dear readers, and if we’re sincere about education reform, then now is the time for the seismic shift to begin forging new and necessary pathways to success.

One size fits most, but never all.

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Deborah Simmons

Deborah Simmons

Award-winning opinion writer Deborah Simmons is a senior correspondent who reports on City Hall and writes about education, culture, sports and family-related topics. Mrs. Simmons has worked at several newspapers, and since joining The Washington Times in 1985, has served as editorial-page editor and features editor and on the metro desk. She has taught copy editing at the University of ...

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