"Prepare the child for the path, not the path for the child."
Much of Do Right By Me focuses on the ways we can love, encourage, and prepare a child for their path. Many of our readers have shared they feel a call to action and want to know how to improve the path and remove the insidious barriers that persist, even today. Here we celebrate those who strive, create, and amplify the mantra- Do right.
Public school funding in Pennsylvania has been failing families for decades now, and this isn’t by accident. PA’s legislature has created a system where the kids who need the most, get the least, usually because of where they live - 86% of public school students are attending schools that are underfunded.
In fall 2021, parents, teachers, students and advocates from six school districts brought this unconstitutional funding formula to court in a landmark trial. Learn more:
FundOurSchoolsPA.org has an abundance of information, research and tools to take action
Underfunded podcast - Inside The Fight To Fairly Fund Public Schools In Pennsylvania
What kind of education does PA owe its public school students? A judge will now decide
If you are a consumer of podcasts, Revisionist History is a must listen with the gifted researcher and storyteller, Malcolm Gladwell. A Do Right recommendation for our readers, listen to Season 1, Episodes 4-6:
S1Ep4: Carlos Doesn't Remember is the first in a three-part Revisionist History miniseries taking a critical look at the idea of capitalization—the measure of how well America is making use of its human potential.
S1Ep5: “Food Fight,” the second part on opening up college to poor kids, focuses on a seemingly unlikely target: how the food each school serves in its cafeteria can improve or distort the educational system.
S1Ep6: “My Little Hundred Million” is the third part and looks at the hidden ideologies behind giving and how a strange set of ideas has hijacked educational philanthropy.
The Inequality Machine
We dare you to listen and not figure out a way to take action. In addition to the research and recommended reading, get your hands on Paul Tough's, https://www.paultough.com/books/the-inequality-machine/
Public Interest Law Center
The Public Interest Law Center uses high-impact legal strategies to advance the civil, social, and economic rights of communities in the Philadelphia region facing discrimination, inequality, and poverty.
HOW PROGRESSIVE WHITE PEOPLE PERPETUATE RACIAL HARM by Dr. Robin DiAngelo
Drawing on her background as a sociologist and over 25 years working as an anti-racist educator, and writing directly to white people as a white person, DiAngelo identifies many common white racial patterns and breaks down how well-intentioned white people unknowingly perpetuate racial harm. These patterns include:
• rushing to prove that we are “not racist”
• downplaying white advantage
• romanticizing Black, Indigenous and other peoples of color (BIPOC)
• pretending white segregation “just happens”
• expecting BIPOC people to teach us about racism
• and feeling immobilized by shame.
Raising Race Questions
Whiteness and Inquiry in Education by Dr. Ali Michael
Conversations about race can be confusing, contentious, and frightening, particularly for White people. Even just asking questions about race can be scary, because we are afraid of what our questions might reveal about our ignorance or bias. Raising Race Questions invites teachers to use inquiry as a way to develop sustained engagement with challenging racial questions and to do so in community so that they learn how common their questions actually are. Sustained race inquiry is meant to lead to antiracist classrooms, positive racial identities, and a restoration of the wholeness of spirit and community that racism undermines.
The Cost of Racism
There is an enormous economic toll with racism at the root. "It is the the common denominator of our most vexing public problems, the core dysfunction of our democracy and constitutive of the spiritual and moral crises that grip us all...The Sum of Us is a brilliant analysis of how we arrived here. Heather McGhee marshals economic and sociological research to tell an irrefutable story of racism's costs...and offers a new vision for a future in which we finally realize that life can be more than a zero-sum game."
The Color of Money by Jonathan Tran (Sojourners Magazine, August 2022) "Racism naturalizes what are obviously unnatural relationships forced between value and labor and land and bodies."