Chris Stewart at Citizen Ed (and also of Education Post), takes Jesse Jackson and Jeff Bryant to task for a recent piece that Chris is confident bears the wrong byline. Chris doesn’t only pull quotes that lead him to believe Bryant ghost wrote the piece, but he also asks serious questions about the premise that the problem is those working to reform schools and not the deplorable fact that they need to be reformed in the first place.
I don’t expect Bryant to be a champion for urban black children, but I expect more from Jackson. As a child I was inspired by his “I am somebody, I can achieve” commercials on television. In high school I was blessed to see him give what stands as the single best speech I’ve ever seen in person. In both cases he roused pride and a sense of invincibility in me.
Have we come to a time when $73,000 paydays, private jets, and fancy meals serve as mind erasers for “civil rights” icons? Do they now believe the best we can do is assign poor kids to schools with low expectations while the middle class send their kids to better alternatives?