Reflecting on priorities of family & work
Let me start by saying that I do not feel “white guilt” for providing opportunities for my kids in where we have chosen to live (the burbs), the money and time we invest on their extra-curricular activities, nor the expectations we set for them in our home. Still, my last post on Advantaging My Kids got me to thinking about another aspect of my life – work. I’ve worked for over 20 years on issues of educational equity and closing the opportunity and achievement gaps for under-represented students of color in urban schools as a teacher, administrator, executive director of a nonprofit, currently a senior role at another nonprofit, and also as a volunteer and active board member at an amazing charter school in Oakland.
It is not lost on me that the more I do for my kids the further the gap expands for other kids who do not have the money for, knowledge of, or access to the systems that traditionally allow education to be the great equalizer in America. So the question on my mind is “How do I rectify this disconnect between home, work, and community?” I’ve held steadfast to several things in my life since having kids. These things seem to focus on my kids individually and the larger educational system as a whole and the inequities our society creates.
Even though I have worked in schools for a long time, I didn’t truly understand a lot of these issues until I had my own kids and until they reached school-age. My thinking is continuing to evolve and what I do feels right to me. What feels right for you?