We speak with Dr. David C. Bloomfield, Professor of Education Leadership. Law & Policy at Brooklyn College. David Bloomfield condemns the social Darwinism and “hoarding” mentality of our education systemsHe explains how school resource allocation exacerbates segregation and inequality, a process deliberately abetted by the proliferation of school districts around the country Education policy and financing reinforce an us against them view of schools. Until we start thinking of the nation’s children as our collective responsibility,  we will continue to seek todeprive “other people’s” children in order to benefit “ours,”  thereby impoverishing all of us.


Find more about David on davidcbloomfield.com


00:00-01:03 Intros

01:04-02:41 Education as private property or as social good

02:42-03:51 “Educationism”: are failing schools the cause of inequality?

03:52-04:27 Charters and traditional schools fight; “our children” and “other people’s children”

04:28-04:57 Racism and racialization of poverty

04:58-07:10 Race, class; nationalization of education not a solution

07:11-09:08 Teacher unionism; valuing education?

09:09-09:58 Mass education movement?

09:59-13:30 NYC school segregation; “good schools/bad schools” are code for racialized systems; social Darwinism in school admissions;

13:31-15:59 NYC selective high schools; screened schools

16:00-20:34 Restorative justice

20:34-21:33 View of schooling as encompassing all children

21:34-24:06 Class size; concentrations of low-income students—need schools where everyone has a chance

24:07-25:00 Outro


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