The Little Rock Nine were a group of African American students enrolled in Little Rock Central High School in 1957. Their enrollment was followed by the Little Rock Crisis, in which the students were initially prevented from entering the racially segregated school by Orval Faubus, Governor of Arkansas. They were. . . subjected to a year of physical and verbal abuse (being spat on and called names) by many of the white students. Melba Pattillo had acid thrown into her eyes. . . Minnijean Brown was also taunted by members of a group of white male students. . . in the school cafeteria during lunch. She dropped her lunch. . . onto the boys and was suspended for six days. . . Faubus . . . was planning on leasing the public school buildings to private schools, and, in doing so, would educate the white and black students separately.(Wikipedia)
What many may not know about that time in our history is, there was a three school system of education proposed, “all White” schools, “all Black” schools and integrated schools.
According to the Alliance for Quality Education, “Governor Cuomo used his political capital to cut taxes for the wealthy and provide extra funding and special treatment for charter schools to the neglect of our public school students.”
The three school system proposed by separatists in the 1950’s has become a reality.
Private schools for the wealthy, Charter schools for the “middle class” and Public Schools for the poor.
Once again, our students are standing up against the decisions of our political leaders. Though they may not suffer the indignation of personal attack, they are aware of and understand that the current system of education is an attack on their future.
The video below is an excellent example of how America’s youth are using their voice to defend their right to an excellent education regardless of color or socioeconomic status.
A nation divided shall not stand, a divided system of education must not stand.
America has the responsibility to provide every child with an excellent child centered, developmentally appropriate, education that concentrates on their individual gifts and talents.
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