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WEEK 2: EDUCATION

TODAY'S CHALLENGE: COLLEGE

To wrap up week 2 and our discussion around issues of racism and inequity within our educational systems, let’s challenge ourselves to consider some of the barriers that minorities face in attaining a college degree. Standardized tests designed to keep students of color & women out, the adversities poor brown and Black students experience while on campus, and the economic turmoil graduates of color face in repaying their loans are all a part of a flawed higher education system. (A couple of today's readings are from the New York Times, which requires a subscription, but their paywall permits reading a few free stories per month.)

12 years after starting college, white men have paid off 44% of their student loans, while Black women owe 13% more. Read this article to better understand how the student debt crisis has hit Black students especially hard. Here’s how:
READ
Read this piece by Harvard Graduate School of Education professor Anthony Abraham Jack on why colleges must learn that students who come from poverty need more than financial aid to succeed.
READ
Carl Brigham, the creator of the original SAT believed that  American education was declining and "will proceed with an accelerating rate as the racial mixture becomes more and more extensive." Watch this which discusses how standardized tests were designed by racists and eugenicists.
WATCH
While popular misconception characterizes Asians as the most educated minority group in the U.S., Southeast Asian American students experience serious educational inequalities that are often masked due to their categorization as “Asian.”
READ
EDUCATION WEEK ACTION ALERT
 
LEVEL 1: Read this brief intro on school segregation and bring together a small group of colleagues, family or friends to participate in one of 6 interactive activities. 

LEVEL 2:  Before reading Tuesday's material, create a quick list of your top 5 favorite books that you read in high school. Keep these in the back of your mind as you move through the day's content. After reading the content, take a look at the authors of the books on your list and answer the following questions. Is there any racial/ethnic diversity? How did the canon affect your viewpoint as a young pupil? Now create a list of 5 books you would add to the high school canon that you feel all students should read.
 
LEVEL 3: Write a letter to your local school board or attend your next school board meeting to bring up a big issue of concern. 
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