How America’s public schools keep kids in poverty | Kandice Sumner

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Why should a good education be exclusive to rich kids? Schools in low-income neighborhoods across the US, specifically in communities of color, lack resources that are standard at wealthier schools — things like musical instruments, new books, healthy school lunches and soccer fields — and this has a real impact on the potential of students. Kandice Sumner sees the disparity every day in her classroom in Boston. In this inspiring talk, she asks us to face facts — and change them.

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20 Comments

  1. Daniel Di Martino says:

    School Choice will stop property taxes and the place you live from determining your outcome in life!

  2. Corey Goldwaves says:

    White people understand that if they compete with black people on an equal level, whites will lose.

  3. Evildog46 says:

    Pretty sure if you switched the school populations, the outcome would still be the same. It wasn't the school that was beneficial to you, it was parents that emphasized the value of your education.

  4. Andrew Are says:

    Hate to say it but there will be haves and have nots! Kids go to bad schools because their parents are not successful! Same way a rich person eats at a 5 star restaurant and a poor person eats at McDonalds! Same applies to where one sends their kids to school! So if you are at a disadvantaged position better not to have kids as you are just giving them poverty in inheritance.

  5. Jordan Womack says:

    People look up social disorganization theory (sociology/criminology) and then watch this and you will understand what she is saying.

  6. Lap TV says:

    How about the kids who and parents who came from actual war zones and places of massive poverty in parts of Asia, but they still manage to do extremely well. They grind, don't complain, and succeed in the American dream just like European immigrants did a century ago. The African American youth community is given so many chances at this nowadays, but still so few do what the current Asian immigrants are doing.

  7. Joe Gym says:

    until now i don't know why america consider middle east country as a 3rd world country
    after what i heared in this vedio we should consider am as 3rd world country
    where is the equality ?!

  8. Stefan Alexander says:

    Loooool this is garbage. They're not performing because of a number of things such as lousy teachers and children who aren't interested in learning.

  9. That Girl With The Coffee says:

    I love TED talks from teachers, as they can always articulate their message so well. Kudos to Ms Sumner πŸ™‚

  10. Emcole Strauss says:

    Like so many other videos, the storytelling swallowed the lesson. And just like that, the lesson is lost. shame.

  11. Paul Bailey says:

    I'm an English white male (not racist) with a question. If your born black, all your family is black, all your friends are black, your favourite musician is black, your idols are black, you live in a predominantly black neighbourhood, attended a predominantly black school and are immensely proud of being black then how is the white people destroying your lives ?

  12. oswin oliver says:

    That's my teacher 🀘🏾🀘🏾😈

  13. Justin Williamson says:

    i would love to have about 7 seconds with her

  14. Sandy Rodriguez says:

    Nice ending! Now getting back to the main subject, someone's socioeconomic stance can definitely be a double-edged sword. However, the equalizer should be ambition and self-worth. If you come from low resources and do not care to move up the ladder, and change your way of life, guess what: it's your own fault.

    People should take education and self improvement serious. Of course, procreation should also be put on hold until some has developed a stable foundation. Duh! Too many people blame the government or their color of there skin, please STOP. Someone's actions, or lack thereof, are solely and directly related to their success.

    I see it in my own family. Frankly, I do not feel bad for someone with low resources when I know they did not care to improve their condition, or that of their offspring. Success is in your own hands! The road might not be easy and the world will never care if you succeed or fail, but it would behoove you to play your cards right so you can improve the quality of your life.

  15. El Chefe says:

    Sorry, it's not that the books are too old or the teachers are not as well paid. If you want to learn and you have an environment that values education, you can be as good as the best. Many, too many pupils and their parents in "bad" neighbourhoods don't value education at all, and they hate those who do. They see them not only as lame but as traitors. That is the problem.
    In Europe after WW2, the pupils weren't dumbed down all of a sudden. They learned in ruins, but they wanted to learn. That is the key.
    Mrs Sumners assumption is completely wrong and delusive. And I think she knows that herself.

  16. Nadia Daniel says:

    I remember when all the city kids came to my school they were so mean to me because I already lived in a suburban area and went to majoraly white schools. I didn't know how to deal with them, glad they got better education though. πŸ‘

  17. iloveyoumadhuri says:

    87K viewers only???

    For such a tragic issue, you'd think there'd be 100K more

  18. Tyrone Johnson says:

    "If schools were desegregated in 1954, how come there are no white kids here?" Racism plays a major in this problem (among others) alongside poverty whether anyone wants to accept it or not. Even little children can see through the bs of "this has nothing to do race/this is not a race problem" that people try to pull.

  19. Valentina Zhogan says:

    I can definitely see how this could be true. I personally grew up in a great area and received excellent education however I moved to Tennessee- Chattanooga to be specific where there are many African Americans and the schools here look disgusting. I can't imagine being excited to go to a school like the ones here and I can't imagine the kids here getting all the things I got when I lived in Vancouver, Washington.

  20. Tom Arico says:

    Somebody needs to tell these TED talkers to get to the point. six minutes into it and still not talking about what the title say's.

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