This isn’t about equity anymore. It’s about educational justice and freedom. Black kids are set up for failure at day one. They walk into their kindergarten classroom with optimism, excitement, a sense of being a “big boy” or a “big girl” and most importantly, dreams. But throughout their educational career, those dreams are crushed or marred by falsehoods, traumatic experiences and empty promises. Our communities … Continue reading I Have A Dream
Was school integration a blessing or a curse? This is a question I debate frequently with people who are education advocates for students of color. We have a mess on our hands. As a black parent, I can’t even move because I don’t know how my black twin sons will fare in another school. (If you don’t already know this…just because a school has an … Continue reading Was School Integration a Blessing or a Curse?
I attended excellent schools for no other reason than my zip code was home to a high quality and well-resourced school system. A system where expectations are high for everyone: students, staff, and the community at large. There were almost no students of color in my school, except for those who participated in a program designed to bus students in from Boston so they could … Continue reading Making Good On The Broken Promise Of Education
Picture a youth soccer match where each team is equally equipped with shin guards, cleats, and an experienced soccer coach. You would say that’s level playing field, right? Well, what you don’t see and can’t quantify is the privilege chilling on the sidelines. One of the teams has a parent who happens to be a highly influential city councilperson in a city vying against other … Continue reading Your Privilege Is The Enemy of My Equity
Equity starts with admittance. Equity starts with acknowledgment. Equity starts with accuracy. Admitting that all children are not educated the same and, most importantly, should not be educated the same explains the need for equity. To be quite clear, this brings the acknowledgment that equality can be an enemy of equity. When we open our eyes to this fact we see a need to make … Continue reading We Cannot Solve Issues of Equity Until We First Acknowledge the Problem
Let’s do an exercise, shall we? Take an inventory of your professional and social capital. Think about the people you invite into your home, those with whom you dine, the talent you’ve hired, and the thought-sources around The Table. We’ll come back to this. America was founded on the words “We the people” and would later underline America’s mission of oneness by proclaiming “one nation … Continue reading Inclusion
Little Black Boys Need Love Too…Hug One Today I have an uncle who says he never wanted to play football in high school, because “That’s too much touching of another sweaty, stinky guy. That’s gay.” This is a common conversation of his during large family gatherings where he has thrown back way too many adult beverages and everyone’s shooting the ish about the good old … Continue reading Dia L. Jones: Little Black Boys Need Love Too…Hug One Today