Conventional wisdom says “segregated” schools harm children of color and deny them access to the vast resources that put other students on track for productive lives. While there is plenty of research aimed at supporting school integration, there has been scant attention to what Dr. Vanessa Siddle-Walker, and Emory University professor, calls “second class integration.”
She also says we know too little about the successful practices of black educators in formerly segregated schools, and we should be advocating “a reclaiming of [their] African American pedagogical model.“
Among the things we lost to history when post-integration black teachers were either fired or integrated into white teachers associations were the highly functional black educator networks at the state, regional, and school levels that created an exchange for professional development and communal responsibility for educating black children.
Dr. Siddle-Walker says….
“It’s par for the course of black teachers. These are the teachers that increased the literacy rate, decreased the drop out rate, increased the college attendance rate, and began to create higher test scores once they finally got some equipment in the 1960s, and they did without having the things all these other [white] schools had.“
Watch this full video to see Dr. Siddle-Walker’s masterful presentation.
Also, read Dr. Siddle-Walker’s paper “Organized Resistance and Black Educators’ Quest for School Equality.”