Together we watched “The Lottery.” My hope is that it was a good introduction to students of color within urban education programs and systems. What I wanted to convey the most was the idea that change is possible. Some believe it is with charter schools, for others it’s after school programming, for me, it was building a community organization that would ASSIST what schools are already supposed to do. The sentiment was, if schools aren’t doing their complete best to INFORM their learning population, maybe I bring my troops in, and help correct some of the damage. Ever try correcting bad damage that is so far gone, you don’t know where to begin?? That didn’t work for me either. So we moved to a place that would welcome us with open arms, believe in our mission, see our vision, and ultimately salute our hard work.
So starting 425 Book Club Project was my interpretation of how to get things on a better path. Of course, it may not be seen as the best path for everyone, but it damn sure beats sitting back and commenting without doing nothing. Our hands don’t have to be tied. They don’t. This is proof of that. If you’ve read a little about what BCP stands for, and you will be an agent of social change (this semester alongside the rest of the students of 1019 and 3010), then you should know that you can make a difference.
What I want to know is your reaction to the documentary (The Lottery). We agree that the lottery system while some would call it fair, we can agree it is disheartening. What happens to the self esteem of children who don’t get in to the school that will prepare them for a stimulating and exciting future? What happens to the kids who can’t read before they begin school, cant read while at school, and have no desire to learn to read outside of class time? (I’m shaking my head, can you see?)
What do you think?