In a blog by Matt Barnum, he states, “. . .income inequality has manifested itself in schooling inequality and segregation, as families of means purchase the right to attend select schools. . . Most troubling is the rise of income segregation. No matter how we slice the data, low-income students are increasingly likely to be isolated in schools, which research overwhelmingly finds has a deleterious effect on their academic progress.”
Students, in elementary school, are definitely low-income since they do not work.
We are accepting of the fact that children, whose parents have made certain choices in their lives which have led to being impoverished, are discriminated against because of their parents choices.
We are also accepting of the fact that a person’s worth is tied to their economic prowess, having nothing to do with their humanity, kindness, compassion, intelligence, or respectfulness.
Money, or the lack thereof, determines the educability of the child, not the child’s level of intelligence.
We accept the belief that if Black and Brown children attend school with White children that they will somehow become smarter and are able to achieve educationally because of that exposure.
Because of this we are willing to place a child on a bus at 6:30 in the morning in order to attend a suburban school that begins at 8:00 a.m.
The cycle of poverty persists because of the worship of money and the racist attitudes we hold. We differentiate between and discriminate against children because of two things they have absolutely not control over, the color of their skin and the financial decisions of their parents.
We teach all children that money and color are more important than love and happiness to the benefit of the “hedgehogs” that keep the masses enslaved through fear and hate.
When we provide every child in America a developmentally appropriate, Arts based, experiential education that concentrates on discovering, developing, and directing their individual gifts and talents towards becoming loving, caring, respectful human beings, we will have ended the cycle of poverty and the power of the “hedgehogs” to control our lives.
Educate children, end poverty.
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