From the accepted view that Black and Latino students will do worse than their White peers, two educational systems have emerged in America: one for White students, and another for students of color. But what would happen if we expected more from our youth?
We can all learn a lot from Constance McMillan and how she has handled herself -- when we see something that doesn't seem right, it probably isn't. And it is the responsibility of every one of us to take some kind of action on behalf of fairness.
If it takes a village to raise a child, it also takes a village to fail one. In this failure, we are all culpable, whether for our actions or for inaction that has allowed the status quo to become mediocrity.
While the DREAM Act has inspired bold activism led by educators and students, its status as a pillar of the immigration reform movement may be somewhat undercut by the taint of the military recruitment machine.