Mark Hare from Great Schools for All made this statement, “Poor kids in middle class schools have a much better chance at success, and middle class kids in those schools are better off for the experience of diversity.”
This is a very confusing statement. Does he believe that there are no “poor” children attending “middle class” schools?
Are these “middle class” schools public schools?
What type of schools do “poor” children attend?
Is the diversity he speaks of between “poor” and “middle class” children?
Does Mr. Hare believe that there are no “middle class” children attending “poor” schools?
Is this really what the research has been saying for years?
Socioeconomics is not the problem in education. Making judgements of children whose parents fail to meet “middle class” socioeconomic standards is one of the symptoms of a failing system of education.
Like so many others Mr. Hare has been blinded by the light, believing that children are different because of the money their parents earn or do not earn; believing that bussing a child out of their neighborhood to co-exist with others who consider them inferior will actually solve the problems of education; believing that America’s class system should continue exist.
Children are children, they deserve to be loved and given every opportunity to succeed mentally, physically, spiritually, and socially. They deserve to be proud of who they are through the things they accomplish regardless of the setting in which those accomplishments are achieved.
If Mr. Hare believes that “middle class” schools provide a better education to their students then he should advocate for better schools for “poor” children. This can easily be accomplished without making “poor” children ashamed of where they attend school or live.
When we provide every child in America with a free and public, developmentally appropriate, Arts based, experiential education that concentrates on discovering, developing, and directing their individual gifts and talents towards becoming knowledgeable, actively engaged citizens who know and understand that children are more than the money their parents earn, we will truly have great schools for all.
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