BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- Relatives of four black girls killed when Ku Klux Klan members bombed an Alabama church are split over how to mark the crime 50 years later, with some favoring a congressional medal honoring the victims and others seeking...
Letter: Break cycle of poverty by educating parents Buffalo News I do agree with Rod Watson's assumption in his April 11 column, “Buffalo risks wallowing in its sad labels,” that poverty and segregation are synonymous in that economic status often...
The term school choice is commonly used by corporate education reformers as a grotesque misnomer to disguise their attempted end-run around the U.S. Supreme Court’s seminal recognition in Brown v. Board of Education (1954) of the constitutional right of all children to equal educational opportunity, based upon the absolute rejection of the “separate but equal” concept of segregated public education.
School choice programs encourage privatized outsourcing of public education that increases academic segregation based on race, disability, language and poverty that undermines the concept of equal educational opportunity.
Let me explain: this particular article has created a firestorm of controversy online. All of the debated points center on how we think about race and poverty in the USA. I'm most certainly not endorsing this article as a 'stand-alone' source of information, but rather a jumping off point to discuss some difficult questions that, fundamentally are geographic in nature. This is a difficult subject, so sometimes we feel more comfortable just ignoring the topic...I feel that is a disservice to our students.
Personally, what I want my students to understand and get out of this is two-fold: the advice that Gene Marks makes to individuals to pursue educational opportunities to improve their situation is excellent and sound. The problem lies in that this individual advice is being proposed as a societal remedy for larger, structural problems. In essence it is a problem of scale. What is good advice for the individual with not cure all the ails of systemic problems that go far beyond needs education. What do you want your students to get out of this debate/discussion?
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“Somebody told a lie one day. They couched it in language. They made everything black ugly and evil. Look in your dictionary and see the synonyms for the word black. It’s always something degrading, low, and sinister. Look at the word white. It’s always something pure, high, and clean. Well I wanna get the language right, tonight.” This is from Martin Luther King, Jr. It is rarely quoted, but it is a powerful statement about the use of language in race and race relations. It’s about how all of these different variables work together to create a divide and ranking system between two of America’s most discussed “races:” Blacks and Whites.
Let’s get to The Bottom Line on race, poverty, and healthcare in America. I grew up in the neighborly Sesame St. generation, but having lived all over this country, I know everyone has an opinion or an experience related to race... some with which I do not agree or appreciate.
Race and socioeconomics certainly affect and shape our public policy. Have you read Dead On Arrival? It is an interesting history of the “politics of health care in twentieth-century America,” written by Colin Gordon. The book was assigned reading for my college history course, and I had the pleasure of reading it, while passionately rallying for single payer health care legislation, as it was killed in Congress in December of ‘09. I think many people would be appalled to learn how much racism and bigotry played into the creation of healthcare/insurance system we have in America.
So let’s have a big, civil discussion and find out what this country is getting right when it comes to race and public policy, where we are dead wrong, and what we want for the next generation. The Bottom Line: How do we get there… to that place Rev Dr Martin Luther King Jr dreamt about?
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BOSTON (AP) — Microsoft founder Bill Gates told the National Urban League on Thursday that a child's success should not depend on the race or income of parents and that poverty cannot be an excuse for a poor education.
Importance of non-cognitive skills in achievement. How can we cultivate persistence, reliability and self-discipline in our students? It's not just about content and knowledge...social skills and motivation make a long term impact, and can be firhter developed in adolescence...
"Liberals don’t want to admit it, and conservatives don’t want to pay for it, but building character—resilience, optimism, perseverance, focus—may be the best way to help poor students succeed."
Book review by Thomas Toch
Summary by PEN Weekly Newsblast
"In a review in The Washington Monthly of Paul Tough's How Children Succeed, Thomas Toch writes that Tough addresses a new body of neuroscientific and psychological research suggesting the most severe consequences of poverty on learning are psychological and behavioral rather than cognitive -- in some ways refuting his earlier work on the Harlem Children's Zone and the intersection of poverty and education. Tough presents research from neuroendocrinology and other fields that finds childhood psychological traumas -- from physical and sexual abuse to physical and emotional neglect, divorce, parental incarceration, and addiction -- overwhelm the ability of developing bodies and minds ability to manage stress, blocking capacity to learn, for example, the alphabet. The good news, Tough reports, is that studies reveal nurturing relationships with parents or other caregivers engenders resilience in children that insulates them from some of the worst effects of a harsh environment. Tough also contends that research shows resilience, optimism, perseverance, focus, and other non-cognitive skills can be taught, practiced, learned, and improved, even into adulthood. These traits go a long way toward refuting cognitive determinists who claim success is a function of IQ. This research also undercuts claims by Klein, Rhee, et alia that we can lead impoverished students to success through higher standards, stronger teachers, and other academic reforms alone."
Humanizing Schools: Breaking Down the School-to-Prison Pipeline Huffington Post (blog) If we are to stem the deleterious impacts of the school-to-prison pipeline within communities of color, the first step is to humanize our schools.
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