On today’s episode of Add Passion and Stir, we’ll be talking with former Secretary of Education John B. King about closing achievement gaps in our educational systems. We recorded this episode on Monday March 21st just hours before the tragedy in Boulder, Colorado when a gunman entered a grocery story and killed 10 people.
We spoke with Congressman Mike Thompson from California founder and chair of the House Gun Violence Prevention Task Force. His timely and informed commentary on the Boulder shooting serves as a preamble to today’s podcast on dismantling systemic obstacles to equality in our society.
Education Trust President and CEO and former US Secretary of Education John B. King Jr. joins Share Our Strength Managing Director of DEI Robert Simmons and Billy Shore to discuss the inequities in our education system and the new partnership between Education Trust and Share Our Strength. “The education system is inequitable at every level and gives the least to the kids who need the most. If our education system was more equitable, we would have a more equitable society,” states King. “[The recently-passed Child Tax Credit] gives me hope that maybe we’re coming to a place of greater public understanding of the role the government has to play in ensuring equality of opportunity,” he says.
King, Simmons and Shore discuss their partnership intended to shine a spotlight on the connection between education and hunger. “Only 8% of African Americans live in a census tract with a grocery store. That’s a disaster. That’s a result of policy choices, and we can make different policy choices,” King believes. “Together, we can make clear that hunger is a symptom of a number of deeper issues that have to do with poverty, inequity, and structural racism,” concludes Shore.
Join us and learn from one of the most inspiring leaders in education about how we can choose to make better policy choices around systemic inequities.