They Said "Literacy is NOT a Constitutional Right." They.
In an article published by the New York Times, a Federal District Court judge in Michigan decided that literacy was neither a fundamental nor constitutional right. Furthermore, to quote Mark Rosenbaum," Historically, access to literacy has been a tool to subordinate certain groups and certain communities and to keep those communities down." This article prompted many fears and validated many more in my head. It also brought me back to our article on the School to Prison Pipeline where we noted the value of literacy to the a cicil and productive society.
This is not the first lawsuit of it's kind. I am sure it will not be the last. However, the court decision rings eerily of a time in the 50's when Brown v Board was necessary, but never implemented. These are perilous times and the attack on democratic agency is stronger than ever. We must set up our children for powerful and action-oriented futures where their basic rights, like education, are not soured by corporate interests and white dominance.