@Google should have dedicated it’s homepage to Brown vs. Board of Education…
I just left an intense (pretty appropriate word) discussion with our entire NY regional team re: Brown v. Board. We were joined by a few folks from the NAACP, Legal Defense Fund and Latino Justice.
Here are a few of the questions we debated:
- What’s more important, educational equity, or classroom/school diversity?
- How do we implicitly educate parents and guardians about the importance of classroom diversity?
- What’s the potential profound additional impact a teacher can have if he or she is of the same racial background as his/her students? How does this impact manifested?
- What are you earliest memories of segregation? How did this affect your understanding of your achievement?
Post this discussion, Deepa and I talked through the greater importance of creating global citizens and competitors in every classroom. Creating a diverse classroom with high academic standards and imbedded cultural lessons breeds the global leaders we need to compete. Let’s all strive for that, shall we? After all, gone are the days when we’re competing with other Americans. If you’re not ready for the folks in Kenya, China and India…you’re missing the point.
Recommended reading: Back to School by Secretary Duncan. (published in Foreign Bureau) Sec.Duncan_Article
Blogged while listening to: Power remix – Kanye West ft. Jay Z & John Legend