The parades are over.
Annual breakfasts and luncheons attended.
Retail sales ended.
And the day of service has come to an end.
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. has been remembered and honored for another year. Were you inspired? Is this the year you stand up and speak out against any injustices you witness? Or will your indignation be tucked away until next January.
Are They All Receiving A Decent Education?
“…therefore as Negroes have struggled to be free they have had to fight for the opportunity for a decent education.” MLK,Jr.
Dr. King knew education was key to giving equal opportunity to our children. Education is the first step toward achieving the American dream and the surest way out of poverty.
Sadly, many of our children are not receiving an adequate education. While some schools have an abundance of resources and staff, others lack the basics and yet all are required to meet the same standards.
I was lucky enough to teach in a great school system for 21 years. This district is one of the best in the state of MD. All of the schools (yes even the Title One schools) have qualified teachers (many with advanced degrees) and a supporting cast that includes Reading Specialists, ESOL Team, Special Ed Team, a guidance counselor, school psychologist, and a school nurse. Each school has a well-stocked Media center and offers children daily instruction in one of the related arts classes – technology, art, music, and physical education. And every building is air-conditioned, has a playground, and a secure entry system.
And yet 25 miles from this district lies Baltimore City and 25 miles in the opposite direction lies Washington, DC. Both cities have a public school system that is predominately African-American and every school is not as equipped as the district where I worked.
The Will To Change
“Every step toward the goal of justice requires the tireless exertions and passionate concern of dedicated individuals.”
As parents, teachers, and concerned citizens we must continue to fight for every child to receive a decent education. School reform shouldn’t just be about standards and evaluations. The real issue is school funding and until our archaic system for school funding is changed a decent education for all children will continue to be a dream unfulfilled. My gut says we know how to fix the problem; we just don’t possess the will to fix it. And that America is injustice!
See you next Wednesday!