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…

Article: Refugees Encounter a Foreign Word: Welcome

[This reminds me of the little non-profit in Baltimore that I’m clearly becoming obsessed with, aka Thread. What happens when we open our doors to “others”? When we are integrated, our lives entwined, it seems like it is easier to care for other humans and build humane policies. However, this article documents a Canadian program…

Article: ‘Only White People,’ Said the Little Girl

[“The goal is for him to be confident, keen, yet still open-minded about those around him — a goal many adults are still striving for.” Striving indeed. Either way, the loss of childhood charted here should be added to the chronicle of grief and makes me wonder how I would explain, what I would do….

Article: The Power of a Dinner Table

[How do we spend more time building real connections with other human beings instead of yelling at each other on twitter? How do we solve issues of inequality? How do we help people thrive? Maybe it is by having dinner together. Plus this reminds me of Thread.] The Power of a Dinner Table David Brooks, New…

Article: Why America’s Schools Have A Money Problem

[Check out where you live. Where I grew up is an island of grey in a sea of orange. Where I teach is a little too small on the map to really discern the details. But the phenomenon certainly applies, with school districts in close proximity that have vastly different per pupil expenditure. This article…

Article: Your School Shapes How You Think About Inequality

[This article resonates with me in two ways. First, as I continue trying to guide my 8th graders through the high school application process, we confront questions of diversity and integration. There are no white students in the 8th grade at my school, so students who choose to go to exam schools, Catholic schools, private…

Article: Why White Parents Won’t Choose Black Schools

[This resonates with the experience of me and my parents in choosing what schools to send me to. Countless conversations with other white parents revolved around their concern, fear, and disdain for my parents’ choice in sending me to the least white high school in the county. “Do you feel safe?” we were asked, “Is…

Article: A Prescription for More Black Doctors

[Xavier University is a tiny HBCU in New Orleans that hits way above its weight in sending students to med school. The secret to their success is, in part, in creating a cooperative culture, instead of the usual competitive one that dominates pre-med courses at most universities. How does one build a cooperative culture in a…

Article: The Stark Inequality of U.S. Public Schools, Mapped

[I always like a good map, and this article offers several. Concentrating low-income students and minority students in schools has serious repercussions for schooling and learning. As the article points out, students living in poverty have the cards stacked against them and concentrating them in schools together makes it harder for the adults to serve…

Article: An Atlas of Upward Mobility Shows Path Out of Poverty

[Fascinating re-examination of the infamous Moving to Opportunity study that discouragingly found that giving families vouchers to move into higher-income neighbourhoods did not have the positive impacts hoped for. This reanalysis shows that zip codes matter, even if you move in the midst of growing up. This made me consider school integration policies (which have…