Ed­u­ca­tion is the miss­ing piece

Los Angeles Times - - OPINION -

Re “Cu­rat­ing his­tory in the mak­ing,” June 7

I read this ar­ti­cle with great in­ter­est, as it is such an im­por­tant ef­fort on the part of the Smith­so­nian In­sti­tu­tion to doc­u­ment the “Black Lives Mat­ter” move­ment.

As I con­tin­ued to read, how­ever, this quote by the Smith­so­nian’s Deb­o­rah Tu­lani Salahu-Din struck me: “[The work] fo­cuses also on the so­cial, po­lit­i­cal and eco­nomic in­jus­tices that have been with us for quite some time.” She did not men­tion ed­u­ca­tional in­jus­tices.

Defin­ing ef­fort and progress has been made his­tor­i­cally in ed­u­ca­tional set­tings, but the cur­rent and star­tling lack of eq­uity in schools that many stu­dents of color at­tend in Amer­ica is both dis­turb­ing and the most un­demo­cratic con­di­tion imag­in­able in a coun­try like this.

Black lives mat­ter, and this mat­ter­ing be­gins in the class­room.

Margo T. Pen­savalle Los An­ge­les

The writer is a clin­i­cal pro­fes­sor of ed­u­ca­tion at USC.

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