If every child were mine.
A WOMAN LEANED across the breakfast table, and said, 'Segregation just isn't acceptable in any form any more. It harms all of us!' She was taking part in the ninth Annual Metropolitan Richmond Day breakfast organised by Hope in the Cities in Richmond, Virginia Richmond IPA: [ɹɯʒmɐnɖ] is the capital of the Commonwealth of Virginia, in the United States. . Hope in the Cities is an IofC programme, which provides a framework for honest dialogue and collaboration among citizen groups of different races and faiths.
This year's theme was 'If every child were my child'. Intense conversations took place at each table as over 650 invitees discussed questions posed by the organisers: 'Most of our schools, like our neighbourhoods, are segregated by socioeconomic so·ci·o·ec·o·nom·ic
Of or involving both social and economic factors.
of or involving economic and social factors
Adj. 1. class and race. From your perspective, what is one of the advantages of this? What is one of the disadvantages of this?'
'I think the issue in education is excellence and providing that for all students, regardless of their class or economic levels,' said a retired judge. 'If we can't commit to doing that, our future in this region is not very hopeful.'
Two others at his table nodded their heads. 'But how can we make that happen?' asked a woman who had moved to Richmond three years ago. 'The most important thing to me is to somehow keep parents involved with the teachers and the school so that kids know we are ALL looking out for them, like when we grew up.'
The keynote keynote /key·note/ (ke´not) in homeopathy, the characteristic property of a drug that indicates its use in treating a similar symptom of disease. speaker was the superintendent of the Wake County public school system The Wake County Public School System is a public school district located in Wake County, North Carolina. With 134,002 students enrolled as of the 2007/08 school year, it is the largest public school district in North Carolina. It ranks 19th largest nationwide. in North Carolina North Carolina, state in the SE United States. It is bordered by the Atlantic Ocean (E), South Carolina and Georgia (S), Tennessee (W), and Virginia (N). Facts and Figures
Area, 52,586 sq mi (136,198 sq km). Pop. , William McNeal. McNeal, who was national Superintendent of the Year in 2004, said, 'We don't talk about race any more. The real issue is "healthy schools", not school integration; however, a diverse, inclusive school An inclusive school is a school that encourages special needs students and students without special needs to learn together. Therefore, students are able to learn to live together. There are some inclusive schools in the world. is more likely to be a healthy school.' The breakfast was followed by a forum on education.
'What is really important is that we are having these conversations,' a long-time community activist said in closing. 'We couldn't have done that 25 years ago.'