In 1957, Dorothy Counts desegregated an all-white school by being the first person of color to attend. She is still fighting for equal rights for all today.

Private school is about having choices but a valid argument of public school proponents is that the private school system can be used as, or  inadvertantly beome, a  method of discrimination.

In addition to selecting the appropriate education and value system for your child, you have a moral obligation to make sure doing so doesn’t adversely affect other children. Take a close look at the private school your child is attending. If it doesn’t include a diverse student body drawn from the community, connect with other parents and demand a change.  Paying a tuition gives you a powerful voice at your school. More importantly, future parents will want to know about a school that has this problem and did nothing to make it better. Don’t look the other way if your child’s school isn’t diversified.

We are lucky in that our child’s school considers diversity a core value. Use your considerable influence to start the conversation at your school.

“If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor. If an elephant has its foot on the tail of a mouse and you say that you are neutral, the mouse will not appreciate your neutrality.”[1]

Desmond Tutu


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