On March 29, 2017, Great Schools for All blogger Lynette Sparks published an article titled, “Above all, it’s a moral issue.”
Ms Sparks quotes Reverend Dr. William J. Barber I who, in his book The Third Reconstruction: Moral Mondays, Fusion Politics, and the Rise of a New Justice Movement writes, “. . .the 2010 attempts at resegregation by privatizing schools were framed as a “push for excellence.”
She continues, “However, when he and his coalition “followed the money” of the privatization campaign, they learned these attempts “were continuing a fight that had been going on for half a century to deny a good education to poor people by clustering them in separate, subquality schools.” Barber built a diverse coalition of people – black, white, and brown, rich and poor, religious and secular, and more, to shift the public conversation, and ultimately succeed in resisting resegregation.
Of course, in 2017 Monroe County, resegregation is not the issue, for our school landscape is about as segregated by race and class as it can get. . . I trust that those who are dedicating their time and resources to improving education have the best of intent, and we need a range of approaches to tackle the complexity of Rochester’s academic achievement gap.”
While no one can profess to know the intentions of others, it is clear that our elected officials charged with improving our system of education are not intent on doing so. This is evidinced by the fact that they continue to support policies and programs that normalize, standardize, and dehumanize our children.
The Civil Rights Act of 1964 outlaws discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, or national origin yet our current system of education classifies our children according to these very distinctions prohibited by law and supports these discriminatory practices through funding streams dedicated to these classifications.
When we, the people, decide to provide every child in America with a free and public education dedicated to discovering, developing and directing their gifts and talents towards becoming knowledgeable, actively engaged citizens, we will have changed education and will begin to grow together in peace.
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