Critical Reflection Prompt 8-Separate and Unequal: School Segregation is not History
Choosing a School for My Daughter,& Ch. 2 When We Fight We Win
True integration, true equality, requires a surrendering of advantage, and when it comes to our own children, that can feel almost unnatural. — Nicole Hannah-Jones
The main focus of this week’s CR is “Choosing a School for My Daughter in a Segregated City”. You can focus on the case study in the “The Missing Ingredient: Love” (42–44) in When We Fight We Win.
This week, try to find someone at your community partner site, a teacher or staff member, that you can ask a few questions about the larger context and root causes that impact the schools/after-school programs. What structural challenges are these schools and programs working to overcome to strengthen their students’ educational experience and opportunities? How do the intersecting issues of segregation and poverty impact these students? (We will explore data about this in class on Tuesday.)
What is the dilemma that Hanna-Jones faces? Why does she have this dilemma? While she has the individual agency to choose a school for her daughter, what are the structural and systemic issues she that limit choices for so many and create unequal educational opportunities for so many people? Explore at least one of the structural issues that Hanna-Jones evidences and illustrates in this article. (Use textual evidence)
So What? Hannah-Jones uses her own family’s story to illustrate a larger, national issue. There is even a photograph of her daughter at start of the story. She made a decision to share her own dilemma on a national stage. When We Fight We Win also uses a specific case and refers to individuals involved in the struggle for schools in Chicago. Using either Hannah-Jones or WWFWW, explore what you motivates individuals and groups to struggle against the status quo, to identify and expose unjust structures in hopes of creating a more just society? Can you share the story of someone at your community partner site who you see involved in this struggle or someone who is impacted by the structural issues that you discussed above? (Use textual evidence and a story or illustration from your community partner.)
Now What? What points do you find particularly interesting or relevant in Hannah-Jones’ article? The article links to reports and research. Click on one of the reports that interests you. What is the report about and why is it important that Hannah-Jones does her research and includes facts? Was there anything in this report or Hannah-Jones’ article that helps you to better understand the structural issues that we have been discussing?
(note, if you are interested in this subject, there are more related articles on the right-hand side of this article. These could be useful for your upcoming research assignment).