By Brian Berry, PhD
School of Education
As an educator preparing current and future teachers of students with disAbilities, I am interested in the richness of the American educational system, which is nothing if it isn’t a promise to a better future for all and not just the most privileged. American education has always been intertwined in the social and political realities of the day, with schools reflecting the impulses in society. Whether it was a family in Kansas in the 1950s disgusted with the inferiority of separate schooling (Brown vs. Board of Education) or family members in Pennsylvania in the 1970s challenging nonexistent education and low expectations entrenched in state-sponsored segregated special schools (PARC decree), education has always been a mirror on what is happening in America and a bell weather on how America strives to live up to its promises.