Dr. Bradley Scott

Education Civil Rights Challenges – Podcast Episode 154 | Classnotes Podcast 154

Aurelio M. Montemayor, M.Ed.Classnotes Podcast (August 18, 2015) The U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in Brown vs. Board of Education declaring segregated schools unconstitutional was an important point in the long battle that had preceded it. IDRA senior education associate, Dr. Bradley Scott, has been engaged in the struggle for several decades and has been able to track the successes and challenges from the 1970s to the present through IDRA’s programmatic work and his leadership.

In this episode, Bradley sits down with IDRA senior education associate, Aurelio Montemayor, M.Ed., to talk about some critical learnings from Bradley’s experience and his counsel today to those who want children’s rights in public education to be respected, protected and valued.

Show length: 14:46

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Since 1954 Brown vs. Board of Education Supreme Court ruling, great strides have been made in schools. But the fact remains that equity in schools has still not been reached. But for students – who by virtue of their race, ethnic background, sex or national origin are deprived of their civil rights and an equal opportunity to a quality education – equity is a promise they are depending on for their future. Ever since the landmark ruling, our nation has progressed through a series of phases – or generations – of civil rights in education.

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Every child in each school district, of any background, should have the chance to excel. Schools must ensure that all students are on track to graduate, prepared for college. To help schools and communities look together at these goals and create a plan of action, the IDRA South Central Collaborative for Equity has outlined Six Goals of Educational Equity that school personnel and communities can use as a yardstick to measure their progress and as a lightning rod to galvanize change.

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Show Notes

  • Bradley explains how, more than 60 years after Brown vs. Board of Education, minority students and English learners are still underperforming in public schools, the results of a systemic structural problem that that won’t be solved if we continue to fall back into old ways of thinking.

  • Bradley argues that these problems are not simply the results of poverty but of ongoing biases and prejudices that privilege certain student groups over others.

  • Bradley says that high-poverty, high-minority schools can succeed, when determined educators and communities come together and make smart, tough decisions. He shares a recent example of a Texas superintendent who spearheaded such an effort.

  • Bradley talks about coaching and training support that school districts can provide teachers, helping them to adapt their curriculum to better meet the needs of all their students.

  • Aurelio discusses the role of the IDRA South Central Collaborative for Equity in providing resources and professional development programs that support student equity.