Like so many of us, I celebrate the Confederate flag being removed everywhere it’s found – from capitol buildings to retail stores. For me and for millions of people in our country, it is a symbol of hatred, oppression, and racism that should have been removed a long time ago.
But as Nicholas Kristof rightly points out in in the New York Times today, tearing it down is just a start. While it’s an important symbolic movement to remove the flag, it’s not nearly enough. To effect meaningful change, we must “address the larger national disgrace: In 2015, so many children still don’t have an equal shot at life because of the color of their skin.”
For all of our nation’s young people to have a chance at building a prosperous, productive life – and especially our young people of color and our low-income youth – they need access to a high quality education. But our public education system continues to perpetuate inequity for children of color and low-income children in communities across our nation.
It’s a new day in America. Let’s erase the systemic inequity that plagues our nation’s educational system.
While we’ve seen pockets of success in changing the odds for our low-income students and students of color in schools across the nation, this is still the exception and not the rule. Let us not rest until all children – no matter where they live, how much money their family has, or the color of their skin – have the opportunity to realize their full potential.
Let’s seize the momentum we have as a nation right now and commit ourselves to providing all of our nation’s children with the opportunity to attend great schools.
Scott Morgan is the Founder of Education Pioneers. He founded the organization in 2003 to identify, train, connect, and inspire a diverse group of leaders and managers to accelerate systemic change across the education sector. An educator, attorney, and social entrepreneur, Scott believes that talented leaders from diverse personal and professional backgrounds can transform education for all students. Follow Scott on Twitter at @scottmorgan1.