Paul Greenberg

Every year, every day, lost in a child's education is invaluable, and hard if not impossible to make up. And every day these poor excuses for teachers stay in the classroom, the damage they do to children's lives is incalculable.

In his eloquent decision, it was only right that His Honor should cite Brown v. Board of Education, the landmark decision of the U.S. Supreme Court in 1954 which declared that an opportunity to get an equal education "is a right which must be made available to all on equal terms . . ." The emphasis is the judge's, but it ought to be every American's. For we all have a stake in the coming generations, rich or poor, black or white or Latino or Other -- for they're all Americans. In that sense they're all ours.

The word on the street, or rather in courthouse corridors and departments of education, is that this landmark decision could ripple out all over the country. For some of us, those ripples can' get here fast enough.

Paul Greenberg

Pulitzer Prize-winning Paul Greenberg, one of the most respected and honored commentators in America, is the editorial page editor of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.