Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Prep School Negro - March 1st - 3 reasons to come

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

1 comment:

Leisa Collins said...

Thank you for forming these questions, Kim - they are all very important. I'll admit that my brain was stuck on how to think about this upcoming film and its relation to me/my family. Charlie and I were just talking over dinner about all of the reading he does in topics related to higher education, and about how institutions are learning how to overcome each barrier to success in higher education except the barrier of having grown up in poverty. It's not a small issue in our country.

Looking forward to the film and further discussion,
Leisa