“The propagandist’s purpose is to make one set of people forget that certain other sets of people are human.”
Aldous Huxley, The Olive Tree (1936)
While working on a piece for The Conversation US rejecting the increased focus on teaching struggling students (mostly poor, black, Latino/a, special needs students as well as English language learners) “grit,” I came across yet another report on poor students disproportionately being assigned to inexperienced and un-/under-certified teachers (including Teach for America candidates) and the inequitable as well as negative consequences of underfunded and poorly maintained school facilities.
Children in the U.S. are increasingly the victims of inequitable social, economic, and educational circumstances not of their making, and mostly ignored by those with power in the country.
Too few educators and academics, I think, are enraged about that inequity; too few are moved to action even if they are enraged.
And that is a large…
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