By Derrick Brown (follow on Twitter @dbrowndbrown)
This is a tough position to play. I hope I play it well (and better than I once did), and know it has taught me humility, grace, and mercy.
- There is a "student performance" layer. Students must perform - regardless of the circumstances - but all circumstances matter.
- There is a "circumstances" layer. Circumstances must be created that - when coupled with appropriate opportunity - create an environment of equality that facilitates success.
- There is a "zero sum" layer. Many believe that only the first layer or second layer exists - but not both. This debate-based myopia reinforces and widens the disparity.
Though I admit my fear, I am more afraid of maintaining the status quo.
My fear is my only courage
I'm scared to disobey
I'm scared to rock that boat
But sometimes rock it anyway.
Please give this an honest listen, and let's talk ...