What can parents do about educational inequality?

by Carmen Van Kerckhove

The book that completely transformed the way I thought about race and racism was Amazing Grace: Lives of Children and the Conscience of a Nation by Jonathan Kozol. Before I read that book, I had always been a bit skeptical when it came to the concept of institutional racism. But after I read it, I began to question everything.

This video (Hat tip to Liz) is from an April 2006 episode of the Oprah Show, in which students from a low income, inner-city school swap for a day with students from a $65 million, state-of-the-art suburban high school. The contrast between the two schools is eye-opening, to say the least.

What can parents do to help eradicate the gaping inequalities in education?

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