The phrase, handed down by my moral superiors, descends recklessly, like an Obama-sanctioned drone, and aims laser-like at my pinkish-peach complexion, my maleness, and the nerve I displayed in offering an opinion rooted in a personal Weltanschauung.
Friday, April 29, Weekend Reading: Race, Education, and Privilege I've read a lot of posts and articles that touch on race and class privilege this week. I can't quite believe that I am tackling such weighty topics this week, when I'm not sleeping well thanks, Petunia and super busy at work I share his dumbfounded response I guess the fact that the silly Birther nonsense is still going on had already reminded me that I live in a bit of a bubble when it comes to opinions about race, equality, and related things.
Because let's face it- the Birther nonsense is racismpure and simple. One of the bubbles Stevil and I both inhabit is science. In his post, he mentions how science is a very multi-cultural place. For the most part, I haven't heard much racism from my fellow scientists.
The chemists might laugh at the biologists, and the academics might look down their noses at those of us in industry and vice versabut racist comments are rare.
There Education and privilege be some ugly xenophobia that comes up when jobs are being lost to outsourcing to China or India, but those sort of comments are usually argued down by other scientists.
He also mentions the racial mix in California as a whole, and how that diversity is generally embraced and not rejected.
Again, I mostly agree Now, I know Stevil well enough to know that he's not saying California is some sort of post-racial utopia- in fact he makes a point of saying that in his post.
He is well aware of the lingering racism here. But I've recently had experiences that bring that lingering racism into the forefront.
We'll be picking a school for Pumpkin relatively soon, so I've been talking to people about education and public schools a lot, and in those conversations, people seem less accepting of diversity, particularly if you understand the standard code: Haven't we seen the school ranking data????
And there's the rub. The school ranking data provides a nice, safe veneer behind which to hide any ugly racism.
Of course, it is reasonable to want to compare schools and pick the best for your child. That is exactly what I'm doing, in fact. But test scores are the most common thing to use when we want to compare schools, and there is a pretty solid consensus that the test scores- or at least how they are getting used to report on our schools- really report on family income and parental education, and not school quality.
Bad Mom, Good Mom has a recent post with an excellent explanation of how misleading test scores can be. It is a difficult topic, but I think the code that gets used when discussing schools does a great deal of harm.
There are schools that are rough and have gang problems, but my local school isn't one of them, and neither are any of the magnet schools I've mentioned that I'm considering.
I don't fault parents at all for looking at a school with genuine issues and deciding that they need to find another place to send their kids. Actually, I don't fault parents for choosing private schools for their kids for any reason.
We all want to do what is best for our kids, and no one should be judged for trying to do that. But when we talk about the schools with real issues in the same way as we talk about schools that just happen to have a lot of non-white kids, then we obscure our real problems.
I have no idea how we'll actually pick Pumpkin's school.Permalink. Hi Tal! Interesting article, but I think you misunderstand what people are trying to accomplish by telling you to “check your privilege.”.
|Exploring the intersections of social class, education and identity||One thing to keep in mind when looking at how privilege operates is that privilege, discrimination, and social groups all operate within interrelated hierarchies of power, dominance, and exclusion.|
|Letters: Education – not a right but a privilege | Education | The Guardian||Woods February 5, at 4: It is important to understanding Koreans, and why Koreans and Black Americans cannot bridge the gaps of perception to see who the other truly is and why and how Koreans thrive in the US.|
|privilege – Education and Class||The education system in practice is a deeply flawed, troubled institution, one rife with discrimination, inequality, and gross imbalances; children of colour going to school in a facility with clogged toilets and peeling walls while their wealthy counterparts enjoy an airy, leafy campus with impeccable facilities and the best, most modern technology, for example. But on the surface, education in the United States is supposed to be a fundamental right, something accessible to all children.|
Health education aside, I am troubled by the implication that education is a privilege. I firmly believe that education is a fundamental human right. The United Nations agrees: “Education is a fundamental human right and essential for the exercise of all other human rights. It promotes individual freedom and empowerment and yields important.
Aug 30, · PORT SULPHUR, LA - MAY Herschel Barthelemy and sister Jalinh Vasquez walk home in the FEMA Diamond trailer park after getting dropped off by the school bus May 14, in Port Sulphur, Louisiana.
It is common now, when teaching about race, to turn students’ attention to “Whiteness Studies” and to the unearned and often invisible privileges of whites in relation to people of color. I read Seamus Kahn’s excellent book Privilege: The Making of an Adolescent Elite and St. Paul’s School a few years ago, and have quoted it often in classes and conversations.
Kahn attended the elite boarding school as a student, and later, as a teacher there, also did his doctoral research on the culture of privilege at the school. Grammar schools achieve better results only because of more able, wealthier pupils, a study suggests.