Sunday, June 8, 2008

Memorial Day and Urban Education

“Memorial Day is not about division. It is about reconciliation; it is about coming together to honor those who gave their all.”* The quote refers to the establishment of Memorial Day in the 1800’s and the honoring of US fallen soldiers only by the Northern States rather than by the entire US. At its beginning the holiday still held the resentment of families of soldiers from the South who had fallen and lost; while the North celebrated not only its soldiers but the fact that they had contributed to the winning of the Civil War.
This quote taken from a website on what is Memorial Day can be connected to urban education. It seems that teachers, students and anyone involved with urban education is constantly fighting against typical beliefs and stereotypes, trying to come together to end any and all types of division and segregation between their school and a suburban or rural school. The holiday took years to be recognized by all states to encompass all fallen heroes. How many years will it take for stereotypes to end regarding urban education and for those who have the power and ability to make necessary changes to take action?
* David Merchant "Memorial Day," January 2008.

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