So makig Red Clay the guardian angels is going to change a culture created by oppression rooted in Red Clay?

Published on Aug 29, 2013; This Hearts and Minds Film chronicles the lives and work of the Twin Poets, Nnamdi Chukwuocha and Albert Mills. Artists and social workers, these identical twin brothers recoiled from a high profile life in the entertainment industry, opting instead to devote their lives to saving children. Most often, they work with young people living in the Riverside housing projects, where gun violence, drug culture, and an overriding sense of failure result in the arrested development, disproportionate incarceration and even death of a high number of young residents.

Red Clay school district lacks the capacity to effectively serve Wilmington’s at-risk children. The proof is, Red Clay school district has failing city schools that needed federal and state intervention aka Priority Schools! Add more failing high-need schools to a district that struggles with it’s own sets the stage social disaster! The charter school movement was seeded by former Red Clay leaders working with those in the community that set the stage for specific interest charter schools. Those specific interest were set to lock-out at-risk minorities. Red Clay developed magnets schools that have inherit specific interest student admission process. Red Clay developed Choice schools that provides no preferential transportation for poor Wilmington student who are forced into feeder school in certain suburban schools whereas white suburban students are accommodated with new schools.

I am sorry to say, some of those Wilmington leaders proclaiming to be civil rights leaders supporting a Red Clay takeover  of Wilmington schools  may need a Civil Right refresher course.

  

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3 responses to “So makig Red Clay the guardian angels is going to change a culture created by oppression rooted in Red Clay?

  1. Red Clay is the thought leader in Delaware school resegregation and is the host of our most prominent resegregated schools. What can Red Clay possibly do for Christina’s city schools?

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  2. jeffleenovels

    Deseg and reseg…a bottom line is that leaders in Delaware have lost sight of a key citation from a lower court in the Supreme Court’s Brown vs Board of Education of Topeka in 1954:
    “Segregation of white and colored children in public schools has a detrimental effect upon the colored children. The impact is greater when it has the sanction of the law, for the policy of separating the races is usually interpreted as denoting the inferiority of the negro group. A sense of inferiority affects the motivation of a child to learn. Segregation with the sanction of law, therefore, has a tendency to [retard] the educational and mental development of negro children and to deprive them of some of the benefits they would receive in a racial[ly] integrated school system.”
    This is the crux of the matter: when then white (and now advantaged) parents do not want their children to go to school with disadvantaged children, most of whom are children of color, those parents will do whatever needed (e.g. green flight to suburbs, charters that do not have many children of color, private schools) to segregate their children from poor kids. When that happens, the message to children of color, as indicated in the Supreme Court decision, is that they are somehow inferior.
    Lest you think the significance of difference in one’s skin color is an exaggeration, a study was conducted (and has since been replicated in various formats) where African American students at Stanford University were divided into two groups. Both groups were given the identical standardized test. The only difference in the groups was that one group was asked to check off their race on the info page. That group did statistically, significantly worse than did the group of black students that did not have to indicate their race.
    All of that said, the obstacles of segregation can be overcome by an educational system that knows what it needs to do and then does it. (see “The Myth of Educational Funding and More” at http://www.educationalfollies.wordpress.com); unfortunately, in the U.S., such systems in urban settings are rare.

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    • It is worth noting that while many posters want to accuse the state, districts, or residents of Re-segregation, there is the issue that the Brown case was primarily related to SEPARATE schools in the SAME vicinity serving racially different populations.
      Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, 347 U.S. 483 (1954), was a landmark United States Supreme Court case in which the Court declared state laws establishing separate public schools for black and white students to be unconstitutional.

      Parents with the means or foresight, seeking safe, educational environments for their children is a far cry from what instigated the Brown case. Today’s situation is far less about race and more about behavior. Some want to use the term “culture” to claim behavioral differences(juvenile delinquency) but basic civility, discipline, and respect are not racial or cultural components. How more money will be able to address this social problem is beyond my pay grade. How counselors, or aides to launder clothing in schools, or smaller class sizes (unless you’re isolating the behavioral problems away from the general population) or taxing the hell out of 1%ers will correct these social problems is the question that no one has real answers for.

      “All of that said, the obstacles of segregation can be overcome by an educational system that knows what it needs to do and then does it.”

      -Let the debate continue on whether the educational system can “overcome” and “knows what it needs to do”.

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