“Counterpoint: What Katherine Kersten can’t grasp about schools but readers should” (See Commissioner Cassellius’ shout-out to Solutions Not Suspensions Coalition)
Sunday March 18
One of MnEEP’s values is “History Matters”. Here, understanding history is essential for creating change.
We believe the histories and treatment of communities of color and low-income people in our society are important for understanding and changing current-day institutions, policies, and practices. We cannot address these inequities by first not understanding the complexity of these histories within our communities.
We so often leave out the larger context that lead to schools systems the way they are now—redlining, segregation, racism, boarding schools, to scratch the surface. We cannot separate current happenings from actions of the past and present – especially when it comes to how our young people are treated in schools today.