Axios’ most recent “Hard Truths” series focused on education. If you haven’t seen it yet, you can find a link to the full event broadcast here.
Their series hones in exclusively on the “hard truths” we as Americans still have to face, even decades after the civil rights movement to end discrimination.
Their series aims to address facets of society and where we can help expand inclusion, citing the following statement:
… “Our society, institutions and culture are still filled with barriers that shut out people because of the color of their skin, the origins of where they were born and other factors they can’t control. Axios Hard Truths is a year-long project to go deeper and explain how race and inequality holds us back.”
We were glad to hear what different voices in the education space had to say about how we can revamp our school system to be more inclusive to black, brown and native communities, in addition to addressing systemic racism we know continues to happen in classrooms, and be read in textbooks.
PSO has always believed that inequality holds everyone back. That’s why we’re all-in in our support of charter and choice programs throughout the country. In far too many places, minority communities cannot count on a quality education in their neighborhood school. White and/or affluent communities are far less likely to face this problem and when they do, we know many of these families choose to send their children to costly private schools.
We know that where there is choice, there is greater opportunity. We appreciated hearing from Northern California Indian Development Council Indigenous Education Advocate Rain Marshall, National Education Association President Becky Pringle and EdBuild CEO Rebecca Sibilia, and admire them for the work they do to help underserved American families in this country.