Working towards Equity and Excellence

Posted: February 2, 2012 by meghandoran in Uncategorized

You can imagine our excitement when we came across this article by Michelle Morrissey referencing our project in the Huffington Post.  Even more exciting for us than the link is the fact that Michelle is taking the time to teach Boston students the history of the city’s busing/desegregation crisis, while most BPS students learn about school desegregation through studying Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas (thus perpetuating the myth that desegregation struggles are solely a southern problem).

As Michelle mentions in her article, we got a chance to show “Can We Talk” in her classroom, and received some amazingly insightful feedback from those young people. They commented on the fear and frustration they heard in the film. Many were surprised by how education and the actual experiences of young people became secondary during the crisis.  They were also eager to both hear other voices than weren’t included in the film and extend beyond personal stories to think about the systemic issues

Whether you agree with Michelle’s perspective or think education reform needs to go in some other direction, we hope that you will join her, her students and the many other people we’ve reached out and have joined us in thinking about how we can learn a lesson from the busing/desegregation crisis that helps us move forward. For us, this means at the very least holding up the importance of equity and excellence in every decision we make as a city, state, and nation about the education of our young people.

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