“We have to break through this idea that kids belong to their parents, or kids belong to their families”.
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Harris-Perry highlights a grave deficiency in a representative system, which is fundamentally designed to enable the people so represented to have as much control as possible over whatever the representation is for. In this case the representation is for schools and how they are run and the people being represented are the parents of the students and the students at the local school. This is why the bottom line in American education traditionally has always been the local school board. Over the years states and increasingly the federal govt have slithered into the role of controlling schools, gradually usurping it entirely. Harris-Perry claims to be all about “the collective” or “the whole community.” But that is a gross usurpation of language and fact because “the collective” is none other than the parents of students and the students who attend the school. No one and nothing can represent them better than themselves. Harris-Perry is an example of the kind of usurpation that has happened in all major American institutions. The result is a parasitic community of activists and players who are feeding on traditional America while promising nothing but more of them. ABN