Whose Vision Will Guide Racial Equity in Schools? (Opinion) – Education Week – DC Initiative on Racial Equity
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Sonya Douglass Horsford

Sonya Douglass Horsford is associate professor of education leadership at Teachers College, Columbia University, and the founding director of the Black Education Research Collective.

In 1990, educational theorist Beverly Gordon warned, “The 21st century will be marked by the struggles of people of color for position, credibility, and respect within Western societies.” She described the greatest battle as being that for the control over the education of minority groups in white-dominant societies. She asked, “Whose vision of the role of African Americans, other people of color, and the disenfranchised will prevail? For what purposes might people of color be educated? How might education assist people of color in challenging the societal structures that maintain and reproduce inequality?”

Gordon’s recasting of schooling in white-dominant societies as a battle over the education of the oppressed is an important reminder of the co


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