Jaded: Worn out, cynically or pretentiously callous.
In January 2012 Jada Williams wrote an essay that exposed the deep-seated racism that pulses through the system of education in Rochester and throughout the country. It has been nearly a year since Jada Williams was ostracized by the district, removed from her school and denied her right to freedom of speech and she still has not received the acknowledgement and compensation she deserves.
The Huffington Post quotes Superintendent Vargas, “We could have responded better,” Superintendent Bolgen Vargas said, according to WHEC-TV. “This is a situation that was definitely not handled the best way.” Vargas went on to say that while the reaction from the teachers is understandable, students should be able to express their opinions at school without fear of punishment.”
This situation wasn’t handled. Jada Williams is not in school and is still suffering from the persecution she received from exercising her Constitutional right to freedom of speech. The reaction of the teachers is not at all understandable. If Jada was a different color no one would question the fact that she was treated unfairly. If Jada’s parents were wealthy, lawyers would be beating down their door for the opportunity to represent their daughter. A young Black child was ostracized while her Caucasian teachers were supported.
Our current system of education is jaded and as we fight for education reform we must keep Jada Williams and all of the children like Jada who have suffered at the hands of mis-education, at the forefront of the battle. What Jada wrote is not as important as what happened to her because of what she wrote.
The battle to reform education is not just about testing and the unfair evaluation of teachers. Education reform must concentrate on creating a system of education that supports the gifts and talents of the child and promotes the rights and freedoms of our country.
We must reform education for the sake of the children, not the adults.
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