Rights and Choice

I don’t know if any of you have seen this story–about a mother in Ohio who misrepresented her home address in order to qualify her kid for a better school than their neighborhood school, got caught, and got sentenced to jail for her efforts. It’s quite a story, and it’s raising quite the rustle, with more than a couple of writers and thinkers suggesting that she might be the Rosa Parks of education, as here and here.

And while reading about that story, I stumbled on this one about Robert Moses who is working on the idea of a constitutional right to a “quality education” (I’d like to see how the Supreme Court would define that) and a new math curriculum, to boot.

Read and discuss, please.

From last week’s Public Education Newsblast ( http://www.publiceducation.org/newsblast_current.asp

Mind the Gap

I was driving home from a grocery store on Sunday night, when I happened to catch part of an absolutely fascinating (as in, pull-up-to-the-curb-and-sit-in-your-car-with-the-engine-off-for-12-minutes-while-listening-to-the-end-of-the-story-story. You can listen to it (or download it for later) by clicking HERE.

It was called, “Mind the Gap: Why Good Schools are Failing Black Students.” It was fascinating. You may not agree with all of the arguments made in it, but you will not be able to listen to it without being provoked into thinking about some interesting pedagogical and curricular questions (especially in light of the recently released research about graduation rates for black students).  It originally aired last October, but it is well worth hearing now. Or tomorrow. Or whenever.

Check it out.

Upcoming Conference on Race

Last spring, I was approached by Daisy Zamora to let faculty know about a Conference that will be going on here in Chicago this September, called Facing Race 2010 (here’s a link to their web site), which seemed like a long ways away back then–yet, here we are!

I’ll let Daisy explain:

I’m excited to tell you that here at the Applied Research Center (ARC) where I work, we’re gearing up for our biennial conference, Facing Race and I’d love for you to attend. The conference will be held in Chicago from September 23-25, 2010 at the Hyatt Regency McCormick Place. Our Early Bird Registration rate has kicked in at $250 per person. We also have student and group rates available. Our current student rate is $150 and group rates are at $250 for groups of three or more people.

We also have special rates for folks who attended the USSF in Detroit.

We’re expecting this conference to be our largest ever, with an audience topping 1000. Facing Race has become a vibrant hub for leading racial justice activists, thinkers, writers and artists to meet, learn together, and share innovative strategies and celebrate successes. The conference will feature a variety of provocative plenary discussions, dozens of interactive workshops, our Race Flix film series and several networking and cultural activities.

I hope you’ll consider being part of the dynamism of Facing Race 2010, so I’ll follow up with you to see how we can count on you to attend.

Daisy Zamora
Applied Research Center
(773) 653-9267

There! Now I’ve told you–please tell your students if you think they’ll be interested, and go! Looks like they’ve got a great Keynote Speaker