A wonderfully reported piece on segregated schools in Baltimore is this week’s must read.
There is a key thread that weaves throughout it: public schools have become associated with private property — and property owners don’t want “those kids” to affect their property values.
As one parent of color put it: “You can put it as a financial issue so you don’t have to talk about it as a racial issue and a social issue.”
Let’s start talking about the real issue, folks.
The issue is that white property owning parents resist efforts to integrate schools by race or class.
“Sheff advocates and critics alike point to a critical flaw that has hampered its progress: resistance from the leafy New England suburbs that surround the capital city.”
And here’s a key problem with property ownership and race, while we’re on the subject
“At no point in American history has a majority of black Americans owned their own homes”
Selfie of white joggers in African American neighborhood sets off debate, and quest for understanding – LA Times http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-leimert-park-20170208-story.html
And while we’re discussing segregation, you know what also is divided? Sleeping conditions.
“sleeping conditions remain sharply divided along racial and socioeconomic lines”
The Night Shift | New Republic
No, really. We’ve all heard of the “achievement gap.” Do you know about the sleep gap?
I’m no scientist, but sure seems like there could be a correlation there. . .
Leaving civil rights to the states is a recipe for bullying
Arne Duncan makes a strong argument on the need for federal protections of civil rights.
“Leaving enforcement of civil rights laws to states will breed chaos, undermine the education of millions of children, and subject students of every age to abuse, neglect, indifference and outright racism, sexism, and anti-immigrant hostility.”
Sociology needs to get more involved in policy decision-making
“It may be true that these lessons on identity and community don’t lend themselves immediately to policy white papers and five-point plans. But a deeper understanding of them sure could help policy makers.”
The tragedy of poor learning spaces
I can’t think of any better way to capture the tragedy of how we dismiss the importance of learning environment for our kids than the following sentence:
“More than 100 special needs students who’ve been learning out of trailer classrooms for the past 16 years are finally moving into a permanent school building this fall, city officials said Monday.”
Reclaiming the meaning of St. Paddy’s
“Yesterday’s alien is today’s workmate; yesterday’s pariah is today’s patriot.”