Pat says: “It feels good to know that Joe is pissed. Good! And it feels great to get rip-roaring livid at this description in Will’s recent Disney-gram…”
That Disney post was dually motivated by a sincere interest in figuring out how best to use my riches and to get some type of de facto pardon for having those riches in the first place. You don’t think I knew that list would get people pissed? The discussion about class differences in education is much needed, so I thought I might as well make my edge of the canvas clear. Not meant to rub people’s noses in it by any stretch.
Pat again: “Will wonders about ‘the responsibilities that come with privilege.’ OK, response from urbEd to sub-urbEd: First off, watch the language. “Small victories?” Urban ed victories aren’t small.”
Noted, with apologies. Lately I’ve been more tuned into Joe‘s struggles than Pat’s successes. And Pat has had many, many successes made all the more impressive by the limitations he works under.
“Second, keep naming the disparity and share the wealth. Reference the privilege often. Hook up with organizations (few though they may be) that actually try to bridge the distance between suburban and urban teachers. Hell, take a sick day and go visit a school in New Brunswick or Newark. An interesting aspect of privilege is its proximity to despair. Afterall, Jersey is Jersey.”
Well advised, and as I get clearer on what I’m doing and what I can do, that’s on the schedule. Have made offers of server space to Terry and Joe, and will continue to do so.