#30DayEducationChallenge Day 9: Brown v. Board of Education

Monday, June 29, 2020

Welcome to Week 2, Day 9. How are you feeling? Overwhelmed? Like there's too much to learn? Maybe you can put things off a little longer? In any new program/challenge, week 1 is amazing (SO NATURAL AMIRITE?!), then week 2 is when things get tough (is there just less time?). I know - I've done a zillion whole 30s, 21 Day Fixes, Insanities, T25s, grad school...week 2 is always when half the people fall off. This week will be harder to find time but we can do it because we have to, because it's important, because this is what Black people live everyday, and as white people it's another privilege to be able to choose to duck out of Black history. So, let's commit to finding time this week - the science of habit building says next week will be easier if we push through.

Now that my TED Talk about habit building is done let's get to the work!

Today we're talking about Brown v. Board of Education, the Supreme Court case that decided racial segregation in schools is unconstitutional. Last week we learned about Plessy v. Ferguson, Jim Crow, and the 14th Amendment, and today's podcast builds on all of these. We're listening to Malcolm Gladwell's Revisionist History podcast, episode 13: "Miss Buchanan's Period of Adjustment". Thank you to the 10+ people (mostly teachers so trust) who recommended this to me - great listen. Time to complete: 31 minutes.

If this topic is interesting to you and podcasts are your learning language, This American Life has an episode about today's segregated schools: The Problem We All Live With.

We also discussed modern day school segregation in one of last year's #WakeUpWednesdays which you can view here.


Reflection questions (discuss with your group, journal, join the convo on Instagram):

  1. What is something new you learned?
  2. What is something that surprised you? 
  3. What types of practices keep school segregation alive today?
  4. What can we do to curb this? 

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