Essay B/‘The Way to Survive It Was to Make A’s’

[The “experiment” in “curing” white students of bigotry and “gifting” black children an education did not end in the late ’60s when this story takes place. Those impulses and similar programs are alive and well at a moment when schools are more segregated than they have been since the moment of desegregation these white families were fleeing. What is the cost and what are the benefits? How does one advise students considering these choices? ]


Bill Alexander, left, and Marvin Barnard. Credit: Virginia Episcopal School

I listened to this story on This American Life.

There is a companion article from the New York Times.

Cover photo: Marvin Barnard during his freshman year. From Virginia Episcopal School

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