Comments on: Whitney Told Me the Children are our Future http://workingmomfence.com/2014/08/whitney-told-me-the-children-are-our-future/ A Working Mom's Blog Thu, 20 Nov 2014 17:26:41 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.6 By: Beth http://workingmomfence.com/2014/08/whitney-told-me-the-children-are-our-future/comment-page-1/#comment-13649 Beth Sat, 06 Sep 2014 15:04:16 +0000 http://workingmomfence.com/?p=798#comment-13649 I’m with you. I am a middle school counselor in a “haves” and “have-nots” school. We have the highest percentage of homeless kids AND the highest percentage of rich kids, with almost no middle class to bring them together (except our staff). It breaks my heart every day, and I fight constantly against the inequities, as I try to help all of my students develop a growth mindset (“You CAN grow your brain! Effort is everything! Don’t give up!”) and head off to high school with everything they need to make it. Sigh.

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By: HeatherM http://workingmomfence.com/2014/08/whitney-told-me-the-children-are-our-future/comment-page-1/#comment-13621 HeatherM Wed, 20 Aug 2014 21:23:59 +0000 http://workingmomfence.com/?p=798#comment-13621 I live in the Chicago area, which is the second most segregated city in the country. We need more voices trying to desegregate our school systems here. One of the challenges we faced recently was the closure of 43 underperforming and low- enrolled (under-funded) schools. Since the majority of the underperforming schools were in low-income Hispanic and African American communities on the South & West sides, many argued the school closings were racist or racially charged. Others argued that it would be racist to ignore the problems and leave the children in their existing underperforming schools. If you have a school system where the majority of underperforming schools teach primarily to non-white children, then any reform can be construed as racist. So how do you overcome this to garner community support in addressing racial and socioeconomic disparities in the school system?

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By: Kateri Von Steal http://workingmomfence.com/2014/08/whitney-told-me-the-children-are-our-future/comment-page-1/#comment-13620 Kateri Von Steal Wed, 20 Aug 2014 14:44:34 +0000 http://workingmomfence.com/?p=798#comment-13620 Great post!

It’s really wonderful to see the POV of a teacher in NY.

I live up in Orange County, NY… and I find that similar things are occurring up here, and I just hope that my son doesn’t get caught in the middle. We work with his teachers, and make sure that he is at (or above) where he needs to be. We check HW.. we talk about what he’s learned… we do additional studies on it… To show him that learning is important and fun…

I feel the common core could be wonderful, if implemented properly.. and up by us, that doesn’t seem to be the case. **SIGHS**

Great Post. I think it’s wonderful you are bringing awareness to this subject.

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