When thinking back upon the experiences of preschool, many imagine tales of recess shenanigans and singing nursery rhymes. An article by Judy Molland titled “Discrimination against Children of Color Begins in Preschool,” tells a vastly different story of preschools.
In the article, Molland speaks of the existence of discrimination that is prevalent within preschools and cites statistics from the Department of Education that demonstrate that 39% of all preschool expulsions are of African American students, while these students only account for 18% of students enrolled. This staggering figure brings to the forefront the fact that discrimination is very real. Though many may see this as an idea only explored in the history books, this is very much a lingering problem within society today Molland points out. She brings light to contemporary issues of discrimination, however a solution to this issue is clearly lacking in how to mend the resonance of discrimination within society. In exploring the idea of finding a solution to contemporary issues of discrimination, we must remember that the best way to understand something is through education.
By closing the gap of ignorance, a better understanding of the problem can be formed. One group striving to fix this is local non-profit HonorWorks which is pushing to close that gap. This organization has brought to light the unfortunate reality of discrimination and is working together with the local community to bring light to this issue on a broader platform. The “Honoring Our Heritage Curriculum Project,” created by HonorWorks with help from a Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation grant, offers a comprehensive curriculum aimed at educating students in the concept of honoring themselves as well as others. This curriculum presents a hybrid lesson plan that integrates a historical element coupled with a strong lesson which demonstrates how honor and healthy community development are paramount to the success of every developing student.
Overall, the incredibly shocking findings of Judy Molland's article “Discrimination Against Children of Color Begins in Preschool,” has brought to the forefront the major issues of discrimination. With organizations such as HonorWorks and the “Honoring our Heritage Curriculum Project,” a brighter and more accepting future can be reached.