Pick battles big enough to matter, small enough to win.
I am opposed to the use of public funds for private education.
Apartheid does not happen spontaneously, like bad weather conditions.
You need massive recruitment to tell the poorest of the poor what is possible.
Nationally, overwhelmingly non-white schools receive $1,000 less per pupil than overwhelmingly white schools.
The greatest difference between now and 1964, when I began teaching, is that public policy has pretty much eradicated the dream of Martin Luther King.
Children are not simply commodities to be herded into line and trained for the jobs that white people who live in segregated neighborhoods have available.
The ones I pity are the ones who never stick out their neck for something they believe, never know the taste of moral struggle, and never have the thrill of victory.
Even if you never do anything about this, you've benefited from an unjust system. You're already the winner in a game that was rigged to your advantage from the start.
I'd love to go back and teach primary school. I used to teach fourth grade and fifth grade. I'd love to spend several years teaching kindergarten or maybe third grade.