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By classifying schools as good or bad, failing or desirable, entire neighborhoods have been changed. People with means move into neighborhoods with “good” schools, driving up prices that ensure lower-income families won’t be able to afford to live there. In an unequal system, choice leads to concentrations of lower-income communities that are often left with fewer resources for their schools. . . . I want what is best for all of God’s kids, which is why I continue to long for the day when we orient ourselves accordingly, and choose to put resources into the places that have deliberately been ignored. Real education builds up – and it always starts at the very bottom, because that is where we learn how to love and be loved by our neighbors.

I easily slip into the mindset of wanting what is best for my child – even at the expense of others.