I just believe we have to invest in people directly—tangibly—so that they, we, the people, can have the tools to do what we do. We are the creators, we are the dreamers, we are the innovators, we do the work.
The promise of social mobility that accompanies post-secondary education often innately rules out occupations with lower starting-salaries, and right now, teaching in public schools is not a profession balanced in opportunity cost.
Not only do these programs uplift marginalized voices, but they also ensure that transparency and accountability are key components of decision-making when it comes to public education policy.
Policy makers have for far too long placed priority on maintaining law and order over practicing justice—a child’s educational environment is one of the first places to rectify this failure.
Following 1954’s Brown v. Board of Education, many efforts were made to provide accelerated learning opportunities to students from historically underserved communities, but those programs have not properly developed as the solution to dismantling centuries of systemic discrimination.
The school climate an individual is brought up in impacts one’s entire life trajectory, feeding into institutional, socio-economic, and representational systems of inequality.