Brown v Board of Education was decided in 1954, the year I was born. Linda Brown, the little girl central figure of the case died on my son’s birthday, March 25, this year. She was 76. Not enough has changed in those intervening years.
Today we have “good” schools in “good neighborhoods” and the ugly alternative. We have religious, private, and for profit schools leaching away the limited funds from public schools without the same accountability.
More than a half century ago, President Johnson signed the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 calling on Congress and the nation to make “full educational opportunity as our first national goal.” On June 29, days before celebrating our nation’s birthday, the Supreme Court told a group of Detroit students neither they, nor any of the nation’s students, have a right to literacy.
I am sick to death of the “school choice” argument. What choice does the crackhead’s kid have? If you want to test how progressive middle and upper class people truly are, tell them that their precious children will actually have to share educational space with marginalized poor students.