Paul Thomas: Statistics obscuring real education challenge

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From Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and New York Times columnist Thomas L. Friedman ('Teaching for America,' Nov. 28) to 'Waiting for Superman,' political discourse and the popular and serious media have been filled of late with claims about public education that seem credible because they are often supported by statistics. But before we swallow the claims, we should look at the whole picture, not selected data only.

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