The term "Quality Education" has been the stated goal of many in the "Civil Rights Movement".
To acquire this end they have:
- Picketed for Access to Institutions
- Filed for Lawsuits for changes in Funding and Policies
- Leveraged the power of the Expose' in the News Media to blow the cover off of the conditions in schools of Black and other 'Least Of These' Americans
- Relied on partnerships with Educational Activists who write books from the inside (Jonathan Kozol, etc)
As I read the views of Young Philly Politics blog I could not help but note that their frustrations with the School District Of Philadelphia today echo the frustrations of those heard from educational activists some 25 years ago when I was a student there. The point that these young bloggers today fail to realize is that TODAY'S state of affairs in the schools are the "Mission Accomplished" state from this past struggle.
In the context of one's existence and exposure to awareness of the world we often key upon how the world is as we have received it without knowledge of the cycles of development (or erosion) that has transpired in the immediate past.
The truth is that the condition of the schools in Philadelphia and most other problem plagued districts is the result of those who had the "best interests of the children in mind" - prior to assuming the controls of power - only to find out that the task of compelling otherwise independent students and parents to work toward the same accord was far more difficult than it looked from the outside, holding a protest sign and a court order.
The qualifier "quality" - as in "Quality Education" is not something that the government can bring into fruition. This is the fundamental flaw of understanding by activists and policy makers. "Quality Education" is the evidence of a properly functioning school ecosystem where all of the human beings involved in the process interact in a manner that is synergistic.
- The Student who are disciplined and have a mindset that is accommodative toward learning
- The Parents who are the managers of their children's education
- The Teacher who is prepared both technically and sociologically at human resource development
- The Administration who's primary goal is to maximize the use of limited resources for the best academic outcomes
- The Politicians who must see education as a critical element in their attempts to retain the strategic advantage of the zone that they are charged with managing
- The Adults In The Community - who must do their part to retain the immediate institutions which allows the community to enrich all of the young people and identify the exceptions before they fall through the cracks