Why One Pagers?
facts that shift the narrative…
There is a tendency for politicians, residents from the rest of Maryland, and even some who live in Baltimore, to blame young Black men, and Black families, or to blame teachers and their schools, for what in fact has been a history of government-based, government-endorsed, and racist-driven, deliberate policy. This overarching policy involved first creating hyper-segregation, and then starving these same Black neighborhoods of resources such as jobs, roads, public transportation, decent housing, and money for schools and their buildings. These one pagers are designed to put current education issues into a critical historical perspective using a lens that avoids blame based on race and acknowledges how policies of the past have helped precipitate current problems.
Each one-pager represents just the tip of the iceberg in terms of available research. They are intended to give teachers, parents, and community members easy access to answers to common questions and concerns--answers that challenge the normal narrative around what is wrong with our schools.