The public education system is doing what it was originally designed 100 years ago to do: educate middle-class, White children who, it was thought, all learn in the same way. If we want a modern system that educates all children, disruption is required, which means we, individually and as a community, must use an equity lens to think and act differently.
To align our region’s education policies and priorities to create a high-quality education system, we must each play a role:
Students, parents and teachers (grassroots stakeholders):
Organize and use your collective voices to express your dissatisfaction with the public education system directly to government officials, school district leaders and other decision makers, as well as those influencing decision makers (community engagers, organizers, advocates, researchers, media outlets, business leaders and funders).
Community engagers, organizers, advocates, researchers, media outlets, business leaders and funders:
Align around a common agenda (led by grassroots stakeholders), then put pressure on and hold accountable government officials, school leaders and other decision makers to fulfill their obligations.
Government officials, school district leaders and other decision makers:
Listen and authentically engage with grassroots stakeholders, then make decisions based on the aligned education agenda brought forth (not based on priorities that maintain the status quo or existing power structure).
Each individual can play a role in developing a modern education system that educates all children. Click here to see some ideas to get you started.