I had a conversation with my friend @thejlv today. I happen to know that he is writing about it right now so I figured I would do the same. It seems there was a party and Jose couldn’t come. Because he couldn’t come and 1 other person of color couldn’t come the party didn’t have the same flavor. There wasn’t much talk about equity, race, ethnicity, ELL, or inequitable funding. No one talked about rural education, no one even talked much about urban education. I am guilty, because I was there. It was so nice being in the pleasant hum of policy talk. I forgot for a moment that my clients were poor African American and Latino kids and families that need me, to make their voices heard though my stories. I’m learning.
Hopefully I can do a little of that here at EmergentLearner.
Here is my first statement of what needs to be said, pre-k is a social justice issue. It is important. It is important in a life or death kinda way for many kids. That importance increases the farther down the financial food chain you are.
If you are a person who works for a person, who bought a share in a company, that has over a million employees, (Walmart, McDonalds, Target) chances are, you need pre-k for your kids. If you are going to work whack hours, for little pay, and still try to give your child all the love they deserve, you probably need some help.
My suggestion? Hey fortune 500 company, if you employ more minimum wage wage employees than a small country you should be investing some of your 500, lets say maybe 3 out of your 500 hundred that makes you a Fortune, in local pre-k programs for access and quality improvement. Whether it is training, facitlities, expansion, I can guarantee that somebody who works for you has a kid who needs pre-k. Of course, you might support yourself out of some future employees but, is that such a bad thing? No, probably won’t happen. As Renee Moore has paraphrased from the bible, “The poor you will have with you always.” Something like that will never happen, unless someone says it.