Monday, July 01, 2002

for you folks to think on:
(the topic, public education, of course)

"I’m . . . sad to say it, but the truth is that we are, to a degree, what you have made of us. The United States now has, in many black administrators of the public schools, precisely the defeated overseers it needs to justify this terrible immiseration. It is a tradition that goes back at least 300 years. A few of us are favored. They invite us to a White House ceremony and award us something—a ‘certificate of excellence’—for our achievement. So we accept some things and we forget some other things and what we can’t forget we learn how to shut out of mind and we adopt the rhetoric that is required of us and we speak of ‘quality’ or ‘excellence’—not justice."

code: immiseration--to make miserable

this quote is from a black principal of an American public school who requested to remain anonymous, as interviewed by Jonathon Kozol in Savage Inequalities.

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