I will one day be in a position where I can make a difference. And I think I’m not necessarily optimistic in the sense that I think everything will change overnight. Because obviously that won’t happen. I know there will be a lot of people who will oppose the movement for racial and educational equity.
But I’m hopeful in the sense that I think there will be progress. I am hopeful because I know there is something I can change. And I’ve seen this happen before, not just with myself, but also with other students whose experiences are currently being improved.
DOUGLASS HORSFORD Well, I’m actually hopeful. And I think it’s because I’ve been beating that drum for a minute. And I feel like consciousness is changing around these issues.
I am also very encouraged by the work of young people like Tiffani and even my children, and just seeing how this moment ignited their activism and their daring. They just won’t take it the same way I do.
I think we just need to make sure that we really support young people and give them the tools, the space and the resources to engage in this activism. And that we continue to really focus on resources and representation. But we also need to get back to the political space, the political dimension of it all, and make sure that we engage in political participation, that we vote, that we elect people who share our commitment to equity. and justice, and that we support them in doing their jobs. And with that, we’ll get by.
Dana goldstein is a national correspondent for the New York Times, writing on the impact of education policies on families, students and teachers across the country. She is the author of the best-selling “The Teacher Wars: A History of America’s Most Embattled Profession”.
Tiffani Torres is a thriving freshman at Georgetown University and a recent graduate of Pace High School in Manhattan. She lives in Brownsville, Brooklyn, and is an activist for Teens Take Charge, a student-led group that advocates for the inclusion of New York public schools.
Richard buery is the president of Achievement First, a charter school network in the North East. Previously, he worked as Head of Policy and Public Affairs at the KIPP Foundation, a national network of charters; as deputy mayor in the administration of Blasio; and as Executive Director of the Children’s Aid Society, a social service agency. He graduated from New York Public Schools.
Chana Joffe-Walt is a reporter and producer for This American Life, and the host of “Nice White Parents,” a new podcast from Serial and The New York Times. The five-part series tells the story of a 60-year relationship between white parents and the local public school in the area.
Sonya Douglass Horsford is a professor at Teachers College at Columbia University studying racial politics in leadership, politics and educational reform. She is the author of several books, including “Learning in a Burning House: Educational Inequality, Ideology, and (Dis) Integration”.