Chris Powell, managing editor of the Journal Inquirer, weighs in on the Board of Education requiring courses in African American, Caribbean and Latino studies.
The sad thing is that if the education of poor city kids was ever likely, and if education elsewhere in Connecticut was ever more serious (student performance in most towns isn’t so much better than in Bridgeport), the histories of the country’s minority groups would be crucial additions for students of all backgrounds. (The Asians should be included too even though they don’t whine as much politically.)
For inevitably the teaching of history has been skewed toward the ethnic majority, even though what most redeems the country is its heroic if uneven trudge toward democracy, equality, and inclusion.
Will Bridgeport teach the history of racial and ethnic minorities as more cause for perpetual grievance, resentment, and dependence–that is, teach it as mere political pandering?
Or will this history be taught as cause for inspiration, achievement, and respect for those whose sacrifice and persistence amid adversity made the country better not just for their own groups but for everyone else too–made it, indeed, the hope of the world?
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