It Isn’t Great

In the latest GS4A blog author Mark Hare writes, “As a recent Century Foundation report notes, at least 91 school districts now use socioeconomic status as a factor in assigning students, up from just a couple in 1996, and around 40 in 2007. . .

. . . Huge majorities of both city and suburban parents here {Rochester} now say they want (not just tolerate) much more diverse schools for their children because they believe that when schools look more like the world we live in, they will better prepare children to succeed in that world.”

What is the purpose in knowing the socioeconomic status of the parents of the children we are Constitutionally bound to educate?

If, in America, “All men are created equal” then “All” children should receive the same excellent education regardless of any status.

If huge majorities of parents want more diverse schools for their children why did they move into segregated neighborhoods with segregated schools?

When we integrate our neighborhoods our schools will be integrated. However, if we continue to place a monetary value on educational success then there will always be a discrepancy in the value of education received by children who live in the “wrong” neighborhoods.

Should this integration model succeed, another wheel will be placed in the “hedgehog” slavery machine. Integration is simply another means of segregation. It does not address the standardization of our children in every school nor does it guarantee that the children integrated will benefit from being bussed out of their “inadequate” neighborhoods and schools.

Teaching children that money and the lack thereof determines a persons “station” in life is as archaic as it is hatful.

The only way to end poverty in America is to refocus our educational intent from growing workers to inspiring children to become creative thinkers that believe in themselves and their ability to positively change the world by acknowledging and respecting their own gifts and talents and the gifts and talents that everyone else possesses in order to make this world a better place to live for every human being, not just the wealthy ones.

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