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  • Ainsley_Jo_Phillips

    I've never thought of the problem in quite these terms, but I can see right off that it makes a whole lot of sense.. ALL students should have the chance to learn subjects that will stimulate their brains. Then, they will be working at jobs they truly enjoy (and there will be many who will do blue collar jobs just because they enjoy them instead of settling for blue collar jobs because that's the only thing they're able to do).

  • Cece Chou

    This is a cruel statement. Yet I can hardly deny it. It is a universal issue, and much worse in many other countries, where different regions have different evaluation systems. Equality seems like something you can only think of, for fun maybe..

  • Nama Farm

    you are right on right on, and thinking as a CLASS issue beyond RACE, this problem is universal, even in areas where there are no Black or Brown people, there are always Bottom People underserved and struggling to crush themselves into an innapropriate BOX. Thank you for this article.
    May we all help our children THRIVE.
    Farmer Ama, Jericho VT

  • Terrenda White

    Dr. Royal is so on point with this article! Particularly when she says, "Many educators are well intentioned yet ill equipped to handle the myriad complexities our students and their families present in an education system that was created for them NOT to succeed. However instead of addressing the system, instead of working toward more equitable funding, instead of ensuring educators are well-prepared and well-equipped...we spend our time and our efforts addressing the so-called achievement gap."

    YES, I see this all the time, "well-intentioned" teachers who lack a "critically-intentioned" disposition to address persistent structural issues shaping educational outcomes - this disposition has an impact on how one teaches and for what purpose! What worries me most is the near isolation of this generation's teachers who are disconnected from an older generation of teachers, many of whom hold professional knowledge that includes much of the history laid out by Dr. Royal above - which means our current tunnel vision to 'close the achievement gap' (i.e. test-score gap) is almost completely w/o a sense of history or a sense of context. Way to go Royal for pushing us to think more broadly!