"Now we are free. What do we want? We want education; we want protection; we want plenty of work; we want good pay for it, but not any more or less than any one else...and then you will see the down-trodden race rise up. "—John Adams, a former slave
|"||We went every day about nine o’clock, with our books wrapped in paper to prevent the police or white persons from seeing them...After school we left the same way we entered, one by one, when we would go to the square about a block from school, and wait for each other. "|
|—Susie King, who attended a secret school in Savannah, Georgia|
Listening to Tim Wise was interesting. I think he was right with everything he has said. Just because Obama, the first African American President is doing great with money and his life does not mean that other African Americans are doing great. Just like the 1800's it is the same how it is back then. All people are different. Just because you are a certain color does not necessarily define who you are. You can be who you want to be if you do the effort and change yourself. I do have to agree it is hard to find a job or become president if you are not White but Obama has done it so anyone can.
I really enjoyed reading Bob Herbert's article. I enjoyed what he said about:
"Studies have shown that it is not the race of the students that is significant, but rather the improved all-around environment of schools with better teachers, fewer classroom disruptions, pupils who are more engaged academically, parents who are more involved, and so on. The poorer students benefit from the more affluent environment. “It’s a much more effective way of closing the achievement gap,” said Mr. Kahlenberg."
I believe this is true and correct. This is what we need for these students to make a difference in their lives.