There were some pretty stand-out comments in our last thread on education and the culture of poverty. I wanted to pull this one up from Sorn, because I thought it deserved its own post. In it, Sorn discusses how service in the military exposed him to the broader world, and gave him a better sense of precisely what is possible.
As beautiful as this comment is, I pull it up for two basic reasons. One, it's my hope that when we talk about education and social mobility, we can talk about more than simply raising test scores. Two, it's also my hope that we stop rendering these issues through a strict racial lens. . So much of this reminds me of my Dad's own reminiscences of growing up poor in Philly, and then joining the service. For sure, he left the Army somewhat embittered by his time in Vietnam. But to this day he credits the service with broadening his horizons, making him accountable and, I think he'd put it this way, making him a man.
I graduated from high school in a town of 3500 people on the
edge of the Crow Reservation. My father currently teaches science in Busby on
the Cheyenne side, I went to 4th
and 5th grade there. The biggest thing that I remember about my upbringing was
I didn't know, and still really don't know to an extent what was and is