The entire thought process alone of knowing you are about to send your child to a new educational setting, is overwhelming, exciting, scary, and much more. When you are presented with many options, you check them out to only realize YOU actually had one option from the beginning. LOL. Yeah, I am laughing. Take a look below and see if you can relate, understand which class option you have and why, and finally, think about what WE can do about educational equity and inclusion in America.

1984 school options for parents to consider (growing up, this is what we knew)

Class A

  • Assigned public school – FREE
  • The “church” private school – Cost Varies

Class B

  • Assigned public school – Free
  • The “church” private school – Cost varies
  • Homeschool – Free

2018 school options for parents to consider (society/history has set which class we are assigned)

Class A

  • Assigned public school -FREE
  • The “church” private school – Cost Varies

Class (Can we call this list the Devos’ Choice Program?)

  • Assigned public school – FREE
  • Charter school – FREE
  • The “church” private school – Cost varies
  • Magnet school program – FREE
  • Montessori School – Free if program concept is attached to a public school, otherwise it’s costly
  • Day school (9am-noon/1pm) – Quite costly
  • Homeschool – FREE , cost may vary for external activities but many large cities cater to homeschool families in which they can easily find free and affordable programs.

Wishing all BLACK parents a happy heart and mind as we prepare to send our babies to school this Fall. I challenge us to not focus on the test scores, support the teachers on all fronts, be involved in the class, teach our kids at home and let them experience different things, and, figure out how we can have access to all educational options in America.

From the mouth of the current Secretary of Education:

“If you ask any of my kids today what their most important experience was in their education, they would say it was the travel and the ability to see and be in other cultures.”

LOL, kids in public schools travel and are immersed in other cultures?

“They started from the fact that there were too many students in America who did not have equal access to education. They saw that the system wasn’t working, that there was an absence of opportunity, so they took it upon themselves to provide the solution. HBCUs are real pioneers when it comes to school choice. They are living proof that when more options are provided to students, they are afforded greater access and greater quality. Their success has shown that more options help students flourish.”

This comment is just…. historically and logically incorrect. Also, which class option educated the secretary? I may not want my children to have those “options” and told incorrect information especially on the history of America.

Anywho….what are your thoughts?