I caught with one of the urban education advocates in person a few days ago. We agree on most things about education. Low poverty kids need an excellent education to show them the path out of poverty. I appreciate his dedication and even his anger about the abysmal situation in CMS.
Then, he declared that he did not care about the education of middle class black and white children, or children in the suburbs. They could all rot as far as he was concerned. They pass the achievement tests so we should not give any resource to them.
My response to this diatribe was to pull a child over and ask bluntly, 'Do you mean that this child does not deserve an education?' Eye blinking and some back pedalling from the gentleman.
Later on in the night a friend of mine was speaking to the same individual. He said 'OK, you're son deserves an education but you should bus them to an inner-city school!' Her completely truthful response was that she all ready did. I believe there was a jaw drop.
The urban activist said all this with conviction and visuals to prove the point. I know that Vilma Leake said the same thing in her last campaign for school board. It was another thing to hear it come out of a person who looked rational. Who could could say that only children that fit a certain color and income level are deserving of an acceptable school situation?
Is racism acceptable now?
Maybe we should apply the achievement test in the beginning of the year. If kids pass it they are sent somewhere for holding until everyone catches up to the standard level. It is more kind than mind numbing them in the classroom. Hold them in large groups like a free play, it will save a fortune in teacher costs.
Never mind that the achievement test is a ridiculously low standard. We compare our children to the lowest performers in our country rather than the standard for other countries
It's so easy to only see a situation from one perspective. Challenging each others assumptions and stereotypes is much more beneficial for our community.
If middle class parents don't trust the school system to challenge their kids they will leave. It does matter. If the whole school system is high poverty and extra challenged there will be no diversity