Op/Ed | By Nehemiah D. Frank People’s intentions will always be judged better by what they do rather than by what they say. All words are superficial until the poker face has […]
Isaiah Shoels was days away from his high school graduation at Columbine High school in 1999 in Columbine, Colorado before he became one of the 13 victims of Columbine High School student’s Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold.
Sitting in my administrator’s office, I eagerly waited to hear how my observation went. “You sure are wearing that dress,” he told me. I was a bit taken aback by the comment, so I nervously smiled, waited for his feedback about my teaching, suppressed the comment and continued on with the conversation as if nothing ever happened. I had convinced myself that he meant no harm by the comment and tried to put it out of my mind.
I believe having all fifth-grade students take their writing assessment test online is a big problem that’s centered around equity.
“It’s clear as the chief executive officer of an organization and needing to be fiscally responsible to Tulsans who fund our public schools that it’s important that we’re doing things that are financially smart. I have that obligation.”
The antidote to the economic divide and a return to shared prosperity is a universally available, high-quality public education.
It took nearly 250 years and a bloody Civil War for slavery in America to end, and if we don’t make education equity our top national priority it will take another 250 years (and perhaps bloody riots and street wars) to bring socioeconomic liberty and justice to African-American communities.