[NOTE: The following post was originally published in the blog of the Durham Association of Educators. Click HERE to read it and see the photographs.]
For those who are new to this blog, its purpose is to tell a different version of the story of Durham’s public schools than you often hear in the media, in hopes that we can begin to tell a different story about public schools across the county. Ever since Ronald Reagan’s Secretary of Education issued the “A National At Risk” report in 1983, the dominant narrative about public schools in the U.S. is that they are failing. This argument is then used to break up our democratically-controlled public school systems with charters and private schools that can’t be held accountable by voters. There are a million and one different ways to approach this question, but after touring 35 of Durham’s 54 schools, I will continue to argue that our schools are teaching young people more, and earlier in their lives, than they ever have.