Burying Brown and the Board of Education, too

August 30, 2006

WordPress now alerts bloggers to other blog posts with similar content.  Sometimes it pulls one out of the past, and sometimes the posts pulled up make one shudder.

Reports last April said Nebraska’s unicameral legislature passed a law that will effectively resegregate Omaha’s school system.  Appletree has the story here.  How did it turn out?  I haven’t found much other news on it.

The news and the figures reported are troubling, regardless the final outcome (and I suspect the motion did not proceed exactly as the version reported).  Some of us have long suspected that the anti-education drive, manifested in proposals for charter schools, and especially for vouchers, is simply a masked version of segregation, a way to deprive people of color and people in poverty of a chance for a good education. 

One almost wishes Ronald Reagan were still alive to remind these people that, while a rising tide raises all boats, punching holes in the bottom of the boats sinks them, and in a drought, the entire lake goes dry.  The best ideals of the United States have been expressed in the drive for almost-free, universally-available primary and secondary education, for nearly 200 years.  The U.S. education system remains the model the rest of the world strives to copy.  Getting Americans to commit to keeping that system, and keeping it up to date in a world gone flat (see Tom Friedman) is an important political task for the next quarter-century.

Every kid deserves a chance to achieve as much as she or he can.  We need to focus more on making that happen, for all kids.

The Carnival that was barked in the night

August 30, 2006

The 82nd Carnival of Education is up at Thespis.  Already.  Education is a hot area — this thing runs every week.

There is another link to this blog, to one of my posts on Colorado’s bizarre law banning most flags from being flown — but go see some of the other stuff. 

The post from A History Teacher is quite profound, a wake-up call on teaching kids to be wise consumers of internet information (and I feature that blog in the blogroll — most of what he posts is good stuff).  There is a flag-burning flap in Kentucky I hadn’t been aware of. 

Go see the Carnival, browse the Midway, win a couple of kewpie dolls . . .

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