Cornell speaker to present on “Segrenomics of American Education”

Dr. Noliwe Rooks from Cornell University will join us Thursday, Feb. 8 at 4:30 p.m. in Craven Lounge for the following talk: “Apartheid Schools, Jim Crow Classrooms: The Segrenomics of American Education.”

“Though public education and public schools are inarguably amongst America’s greatest achievements, from the earliest days of tax-supported education—today a sector with an estimated budget of over half a billion dollars—there have been inequities tied to race and poverty. Vouchers, Charter Schools and Virtual Schools are all forms of public education most recognizable to communities that are poor and overwhelmingly of color and difficult to find in communities that are overwhelmingly wealthy. They are separate and unequal forms of educational delivery. Now, in an era characterized by levels of school segregation the country has not seen since the mid-twentieth century, profiting from our nation’s failure to provide a high-quality education to all children has, in addition to being morally wrong, has become a very big business.”

 LEAD credit and food will be available.

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