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  • Annoush

    The article had me listening, but I was expecting it to go much more in depth! I would love to hear more about the author's experience at Evans and how that compared with what he gained in college to be driven to become a teacher. Also, what is the other side of the educational coin like in Atlanta? What elements of the unspoken segregation in Atlanta are specific to the city, as opposed to other American cities?

    • Annoush

      Or rather, Orlando, not Atlanta. :)

      • Eron Jenkins

        Thanks for the response. I mentioned in the article that at Evans I see evidence supporting the problems pointed out by Kozol and others.

        Something I didn't get to talk about in the blog is that there's a large ELL (English Language Learner) population at Evans. Per capita, Pine Hills in Orlando has one of the largest Haitian-American populations in the country.

        It's not easy to make many definitive statements about the community because I'm teaching students how to make line graphs not practicing sociology. But for some students, their greatest sense of identity or belonging comes from the neighborhood or a street they live on; the obvious isolation in the community has to impact that. If you were to ask these students, they'd say they're "about that life" or something like that. It becomes problematic because, at least to some degree, upward mobility for these students means leaving family, friends, and that identity.

  • lightyears

    This article touches the matter of the effects of de-facto segregation at its roots. At the same time, I have seen some parents from minority or financially-deprived backgrounds being very strict with their kids to push them out of poverty because education is the only way out. Joseph Zobel's autobiographic novel, La Rue des Casses Nègres in French, shows how an illiterate e-facto slave grand-mother takes care of her orphaned grand-son, forces him to study hard and at the same time, lets him learn more about the history of slavery from other elder slaves, and ultimately, that helps the kid to get out of poverty and be wise and strong in the world when he grows up. What I mean is, education is not just in schools, it is also in homes. That said, if a child is on an empty stomach, he or she will never concentrate on studies. And why just a child, even an adult. No wonder some countries have launched food at school programmes.