Larry Blum Presents: Integrations: The Struggle for Racial Equality and Civic Renewal in Public Education (Main/Virtual)

6:30 PM - 8:00 PM Tuesday, October 26, 2021

Location:
Main Library
449 Broadway
Cambridge

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Racial integration has been oversold to the American public as a low-cost route to equality of education. Educational equality can be created only by reducing inequality—of both a class and a race nature—in the wider society. Serious reduction of poverty, and challenging the wealthy’s “opportunity hoarding” are necessary. Integration by itself is a diversion from the need to challenge white supremacy, requiring a reparative justice response, and the extreme class-based inequities of our current social order.However, integration is nevertheless a vital component of the moral, civic, and social aspects of education that have been sidelined in our current neoliberal era. Bringing diverse populations into the same schools and classrooms, as a school like CRLS does, is a necessary foundation for preparing future citizens of our multiracial democracy.

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