Sunday, February 1, 2009

perspective

my cousin teaches saturday school at kipp. one of her students asked her yesterday if white people go to school.

there is something so infinitely sad about that question. something that tells me we're failing these kids in the inner city, failing them even with fancy charter schools, if they still ask those kinds of questions.

but how do we change?

1 comment:

Not Quite Grown Up said...

I had a similar thought when I was trying to teach about Martin Luther King Jr. We had gotten a Weakly Reader or Scholastic News about MLK Jr. and the magazine talked about how he had worked so that all children could go to school together, regardless of race or background or language. And I looked at my class, and I didn't even know how to explain it to them. My school is so segregated. The only "white" people the children see are their teachers.

There is still so, so much work to be done in integrating the country.