I’ve heard a lot of messages come out of the Womens’ March. I wonder which, if any of them, will gain any sort of momentum, and result in real change and better lives for the most marginalized in our society. I believe education would be a great place to start.
I have to say though, I’m skeptical. I live in a progressive, liberal university town. No Republicans need run for local office. That doesn’t stop property developers from trying to run a small scale Trump empire though. Said property developers, might vote liberally, but they still have the ethics of Trump. Our city council bends over backwards to make it easy for them to do business here. Oh wait that it isn’t about education, I digress.
As someone who attended Catholic school for 12 years, I assumed the public school system offered a noble ideal of equality of opportunity for all. The reality, this simply isn’t so.
There is a notion being floated in the aftermath of the march that feminist means you are free of prejudice toward others. Or perhaps feminists are equating themselves as a group who deeply care about those less fortunate than they are. I don’t see it play out like that in my community though. The racism and classism might be more covert, but it is there. The liberal white university employed mother often lobbies for a system where the rich get richer and the poor get poorer. I don’t mean that just in terms of money when I speak about rich and poor.
What to do to improve education? I don’t have the answer. It probably won’t be glamorous. It might mean hard work. It might mean writing to elected officials. Elected officials that might not answer back. It might mean going to school board meetings to offer commentary. If you have deep pockets you could donate to arts and sports programs at struggling schools. Or you could use those deep pockets to purchase band and orchestra instruments for those who cannot afford them. If you know a lot about science, perhaps you could be involved in the curriculum review committee the next time the school district is looking to purchase textbooks. The suggestions of what any one individual could do to help improve education are probably endless.
This is a post I wrote about how I see education in my little part of the United States. It might not be the most well written post, but I stand behind the message. After the election in 2016, I reposted my thoughts with additional commentary. My thoughts were inspired by going to my son’s basketball game. As I watch my son and his peers, some of whom he has known since kindergarten, I wonder what the world holds in store for him. While these kids were all little boys once upon a time, and now are teens, many of whom are taller than me now…this still amazes me…despite their size, we still need to look after them. We can do better, for our daughters, sons, and all the children in out country.