I don’t know if you have heard about this, but I was wondering what you all thought about it. To summarize, there’s a school in Pennsylvania that for a short period of time each day, offers what it calls “mentoring” that is separated by race, gender, and language. It’s being termed by some “voluntary segregation.”
I haven’t decided how I feel about it yet (which is bad, because I have a paper about it due tomorrow). I’m very cautious to starting running around and yelling about segregation over six minutes’ worth of non-instruction time. And I do understand the reasoning behind it, especially believing in a lot of the multicultural education ideas (that TFA, for the most part, also believes in) in which it’s detrimental to ignore race completely.
But I’m still worried, because this isn’t really what I would envision multiculturalism to be. No one is being subsumed into white male dominance in these moments (or at least, if they are, it’s less), but no one is learning about and with each other either.
I just don’t know. I figured you smart folks might have something to say about it, and I figured it was relevant.