We live in Sterling, and the kids will be going to Sterling Park schools. We just can't have OUR kids going to THOSE schools.I hear some variation of this every couple of months. I heard it again today. What astonishes me is how adults will speak this nonsense and feel absolutely no need to justify the statement. When I hear it, I say: "Back it up."
If a kid has had a bad experience, I'm all ears, let's figure out what the problem is and solve it. If there is a problem with a particular teacher or principal, I want to know. Where there is data raising concerns about a particular school, let's look at it and act on it. You want to talk about violence and discipline? Compare the data on the state website; the statistics for Park View are very similar to those for never-maligned Potomac Falls.
I have yet to find someone who can make the case that there is something wrong with the schools themselves, or with the job they're doing for the vast majority of kids. After all, these schools draw from the same talented team of LCPS principals and teachers as every other LCPS school.
The fact is that a sweeping statement about "Sterling Park Schools" is pure prejudice. Sterling Park is served by seven schools. One High, one Middle and five Elementaries. Each is unique. "THOSE schools" doesn't mean "THOSE teachers" or "THOSE principals," or even "THOSE buildings." "THOSE schools" is just code for "THOSE kids," meaning "the poor ones with brown skin."
Don't let it slide when someone says such a thing. Challenge them to back it up. Don't let it be socially safe to say such a thing. There is no place for prejudice against children.