As a future educational researcher you have a curiosity of what other educators in other different circumstances and other countries experience in their academic lives. This curiosity led me to one very extraordinary TED Talks’ speech. The speaker Kandice Sumner who is an educator from Boston fights for the equitable, unsegregated public schooling system in the US.
The main claims Kandice was making in her speech were that Public Schooling System in the US had been looking at the “achievement gap” in education all wrong and that the system always neglect the rights of “black and brown” people for the equal education. She uses her neighborhood and her current students as example, describing their struggles while in schools as a proof. She claims that today she does not have an access to the resources for which other teacher in America do. The same is with her students, they are lacking of academic materials. Mrs. Sumner also makes some assumptions by giving different definitions for terms, making comparisons like “an achievement gap is an educational death” as well as ridiculing the socioeconomic disparity by redefining it from her position with a sentence: “…they know when it comes to schooling black lives do not matter and they never have (mattered)…”.
The argument of Kandice Sumner is credible as it comes from both her personal experience and her nearest environment. Her claim can be considered as valuable mostly because she is current educator who is involved in the teaching process and crossing path with these issues repeatedly. The evidences the speaker uses to support the claim are coming mainly from an individual background and emotionally biased statements like: “..The public schools system was using the commerce which were generated from the slave trade and slave labor”. She tries to blame historic events with current situation in schools.
However there are some counterarguments that I can identify that needs consideration. For instance, due to the fact that she was born in segregated area she is more inclined to think that all the public schools tend to be “poverty insurances”. As her opinion is formulated around her personal experiences it should not necessarily be the correct statement for other public schools.Moreover her tone makes her appear to be looking down on the entire system: governors, senators, mayors, city council members. She illustrated some elements of extreme dislike:
Of course it is very hard not to agree with the speaker as she is a person who experienced all the issues she is speaking about. Though, from all stated above I can assume that there is an obvious hunch on race bias in United States’ schooling system. But are not there regions in the US that have solved this problem? Is the low academic achievement of “black and brown” students is connected only with the factors Mrs. Sumner stated? These are the questions which demand further thorough investigation.
Kandice Sumner was very positive during her speech albeit she seemed to be very expressive and emotionally over-gesturing from time to time. The author might improve her argument by reducing her emotions and using real-life visual aids in order to make the presentation more impressive.
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Video is retrieved from https://www.ted.com/talks/kandice_sumner_how_america_s_public_schools_keep_kids_in_poverty?language=en.