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: What Do We Think White Poverty Looks Like?

[When I first started working with students I served with AmeriCorps which meant that I earned a stipend and was eligible for SNAP (or food stamps). I received $195 per month, much more than this author’s measly $16. Instead of seeing myself as poor, I spent the time on SNAP and receiving the stipend marveling at…

Race/Racism Awareness Journey

I’m currently enrolled in White People Challenging Racism: Moving from Talk to Action. As an assignment for the course we were asked to write about our race/racism awareness journey. The facilitators encouraged us to write “a timeline or narrative about how your understanding your own racial identity, of racial inequities and of your white privilege, has changed…

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: Money, Race and Success: How Your School District Compares

[This article got a lot of attention when it was published (at least among the folks I’m friends with on facebook and in real life). The subtitle says it best, “Sixth graders in the richest school districts are four grade levels ahead of children in the poorest districts.” The charts are beautiful, as my friend…

Article: Black America and the Class Divide

[Du Bois and his “Talented Tenth” circulate in my head with surprising frequency. When I consider my students and their futures, the idea of a class of leaders among African Americans rings in my ears. One of the goals at my school is to send select students beyond the top public schools to the region’s top parochial and independent…

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: 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…