Prejudice is a burden that confuses the past, threatens the future and renders the present inaccessible.Poet, memoirist and civil rights activist
Racial and socioeconomic inequities plague the American educational system. From unequal funding and modern-day segregation, to increased policing and surveillance of minority students, disparities in schooling reach far and wide, from preschool through college. Many of these injustices can be traced back to legacies of systemic racism, segregation, and harmful local and state policies. Consider these statistics:
Researchers have found that “the persistence of the educational achievement gap imposes on the United States the economic equivalent of a permanent national recession.” Today’s challenge will help us begin to understand the root causes of these disparities in public education and how we can advocate for racial and socioeconomic equity in our schools.
Consider racial disparity in Michigan schools by browsing this chart that shows the teacher-to-student racial gap in every school district in our state (Scroll down to “Racial disparity in Michigan schools.” 9 minutes)
Read this 2017 report, which shows that African-American children in Michigan fare worse in education than their peers in any other state. (2 minutes)
Read about these six myths of educational inequity. (8 minutes)
If you or someone you know is experiencing a need, United Way and our partners are here to help. Call United Way’s 2-1-1 helpline at any time.
Additionally, visit UnitedWaySEM.org/resources to find early childhood and K-12 education resources, including the Ages and Stages Questionnaire, Ready4K text messaging parent engagement service, and more education services. Parents looking for child care can use United Way’s Connect4Care Kids resource to find care in Detroit, or search for care options in out-Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties through the Great Start to Quality resource center.