Learning to learn together: Good for de Blasio for finally stepping up to challenge of school integration
Added 06-11-19 04:13:02am EST - “He's late, but he's learning: Mayor de Blasio, who's kept education integration efforts at arm's length for years, just embraced dozens of recommendations from an advisory group on diversity, while seeding efforts for five community…” - Nydailynews.com
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He’s late, but he’s learning: Mayor de Blasio, who’s kept education integration efforts at arm’s length for years, just embraced dozens of recommendations from an advisory group on diversity, while seeding efforts for five community school districts to design homegrown plans to better mix their kids across ethnic, racial and economic lines.
As we on this page have been writing for years now, children in New York City schools are shamefully clustered by background. That’s one of the forces perpetuating yawning achievement gaps between (mostly) low-income black and Latino kids on the one hand, and (mostly) middle- and upper-middle-class white kids on the other.
Sometimes the divide manifests itself in public elementary schools that are mere blocks apart: One kindergarten class is overwhelmingly of one skin color, the other, another.
Nor does fixing this, which research consistently shows helps all kids learn better, require massive and disruptive forced-busing; it only demands creativity, persistence and courage.
Never mind the progressive bona fides of the man in charge, courage has been in short supply in City Hall since 2014. It took the bubbling up of bold parent-driven plans in Brooklyn and Manhattan to challenge screening systems and catchment zones that sort kids from the earliest age imaginable.
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