We were recently asked, "Why would I want to come to Prep School Negro?" and our thinking about the answered generated some queries:
1) What are the implications of economic segregation for ourselves and our children, and how does school shape our likelihood of integration or segregation in terms of race and class?
2) What does it mean to encourage "diversity" and "inclusion" in our schools? Are there ways we could become more fully inclusive?
3) What role does education play in creating access to the middle and upper middle class? What role do we, as citizens, play in shaping education policy that best serves democracy?
4) How do we maintain curiosity about experiences that are different from our own? What might we learn about ourselves or our children through listening to Andre's story? In what ways does his story reflect a more universal experience and in what way is it specific to him, to race, to class?
What other queries do people bring to this program?
Below is a clip from the film People Like Us : Social Class in America that describe the possibility and challenges of class mobility via education for families - although the film is getting old, it is really interesting!
Tammy's Story : Rural Poverty