How America's public schools keep kids in poverty | Kandice Sumner

Why should a good education be exclusive to rich kids? Schools in low-income neighborhoods across the US, specifically in communities of color, lack resources that are standard at wealthier schools — things like musical instruments, new books, healthy school lunches and soccer fields — and this has a real impact on the potential of students. Kandice Sumner sees the disparity every day in her classroom in Boston. In this inspiring talk, she asks us to face facts — and change them.

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  1. All baloney. Try working on the overwhelming black dysfunction. If you can do that then you can drop this BS trying to excuse it.

  2. Thomas Sowell has been fighting since the 80s for the voucher system he details in in several youtube videos – the man is a genius. His system that would give the power to choose the education that they pay for with their tax dollars. Then the good schools will be popping up in poor neighborhoods. Also parents who don't feel like they have a choice put more time into researching the purchase of earbuds than they do the school their children attend. It's a lie people claim with their mouth that they don't believe but live believing that they have no choice in their children's schools. When parents feel empowered. When they have options, they get more involved with the schools and their kids education. When the schools are just a thing you have to do so "suck it up" the parents check out and their kids follow suit continuing the poverty cycle.

  3. Is it whitey's fault, or the lack of fathers in the homes of your students? The conversation needs to be had. You grew up in a two parent two income household.

  4. Was the profound effect of getting new paperbacks in this teacher's class the result of a fairer distribution of materials or was it the result of its IMPLICATION of being valued by the larger society? It's the latter. People will adapt to almost any level of material wealth. If someone gives you a new book, it means they think highly of you. Of course, we have to have a fair distribution of materials, but it's the thought behind it that really matters.

  5. I think what rankles is the idea that the people who have worked hard to live in nice homes in nice neighborhoods with good schools are somehow responsible for those who have not worked equally as hard to achieve that for their families. This problem is not solved by taking from the "rich" and giving to the "poor." It's solved by building the poor neighborhoods with manufacturing facilities and adequate numbers of full time jobs with benefits and growth opportunities. It's solved by eliminating welfare, food stamps and medicare and teaching people how to be responsible for themselves. It's solved by having law enforcement that is tough on crime, providing a safe and welcoming environment for families. Restore the family, including two, hardworking parents, as the basic unit of society. When people are productive, earning the things they need and want, they have pride in themselves and their homes. With this, they will have pride in education and their schools and the new schools that are built will be well cared for instead of destroyed. Indeed, every child should be afforded the tools to be successful. However, it is up to each child's parents to provide those opportunities. My mother was raised during the Depression in the mountains of West Virginia. She attended a one room schoolhouse in hand sewn flour sack dresses and shoes that had been outgrown by two older sisters. In a time of misery and in an area of illiteracy, she was determined to learn. She ironed her little threadbare dresses and polished those little shoes every day. She hauled water from the well and heated it on the stove to bathe and wash her hair every day. Her family laughed at her and said she was "bein' uppity," but she studied hard despite the lack of books, paper or pencils and learned to speak properly. She may not have gone to college, but she held impressive secretarial positions. She taught me that your success is not determined by what you are offered, it is determined by what you seek.

  6. Who’s fault is it? Probably the same politicians these people vote for. Democrats. Stop blaming everything on whites and the rich. Lastly personal responsibility and good parenting makes a big difference.

  7. Attacking rural Americans… 😑 So this is The Concept? Everyone Not in the INNER city is Rich & White?😂 As a kid, I grew up in the Adirondack mountains where People 'fished for supper' on a Regular. – we NEVER had AC. Our Heat was a WOOD STOVE we Kids had to Split the Wood for!

  8. Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz —- it's been how many years since MLK's speech and we are still whining! Part of your problem is being so damn self centered and racist that you define poverty as a Dark Skin – White skin issue, rather than just some people are poor and some people are not, but most are in between and it really doesn't have much to do with skin color.

    Shut up! Asians come here poor too and they do fine even though they are not White.

  9. I have a dream that one day little black kids can LEARN how to create the personal success they dream of & UNLEARN or let go of past history which frustrates that.
    We're gonna have to train the trainer's!

  10. Do what Sweden does….school vouchers! That is it. Government schools are terrible. Like everything government does. Also parenting is a huge issue in this debate. Fact is education is less of a concern to the 75% of single black mothers. Then it is in Asian or european cultures. Everything said here is far to simplified and wrong. Black education was far better prior to public schools then it is now after 50 + yrs of public schools. Who runs this program who fights to maintain the status quo of absolute failure? Democrats. Who demands more money for a failed system rather then changing the system? Democrats. Shes a moron.

  11. Unfortunately, Europeans of today are very insensitive and uncaring of the problems that their forefathers have created. Who were the natives to this land we call America? Such hypocrisy.

  12. Inequitable funding to school of blacks and brown is a problem, but doesn't mean it cant be overcome. There are a lot of cases where newly immigrants living in the same predicament as the natives are able to succeed out of the ghettos. A lot of time these new immigrants are far worst than the natives here. They don't speak the language, they could be suffering some emotional and physical trauma because they just escaped from their war torn country. They nevertheless escape the ghettos and go on to good college and get a good job. I think it's all about value here. If you have good values, you will strive and overcome any obstacle. If you value good education that can lead to good jobs and good life, you won't rolled over and accept your fate just because you have bad school. A lot of time people in bad situation just give up and blame it all on other people and won't do what it takes to get themselves out.

  13. Low income school districts can't be fixed with money. DC/NYC/NJ have proven this. DC students are funded quite well, and we don't see any improvement in poor districts. It's culture, not funding.

  14. If you have no role models your vision is hampered. Most children follow in their parents footsteps.Its called a generational curse if the footsteps lead to a bad ending. .The movie with Eddie Murphy, Trading Places is a great example of how culture and surroundings can effect ones outcome.Schooling is just one part of it, and public schooling is very little help.

  15. Truly an amazing woman! She spoke nothing but straight facts up there 🔥Segregation and racism is still alive and well in the foundation of America. They’ve just found loopholes now. We need to do something, we need to invest so much more into all of our children, not just the white kids from suburban neighborhoods! When are people going to WAKE UP.

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