Diane Gutierrez, a mom of two at Foundations Academy in Trenton, addresses Julia Sass Rubin’s comments about parents in “abject poverty” from the Star-Ledger article.
The commentary in a recent Star-Ledger article from Julia Sass Rubin is quite offensive. Her remarks are out of touch with our community and showcase the privilege of being an educator from Princeton. Contrary to Ms. Rubin’s remarks, low-income parents are sometimes more focused on education because we know that education is the tool that will allow our children to rise above their current situations. To make such a sweeping remark that we don’t have the resources—or worse—that we have the resources and choose not to use them, is very insulting. Her ethics as a researcher, as well as her responses to parents on blogs are questionable. Parents’ stories are discredited and her numbers don’t reflect the true nature of the charter system. Low-income families have just as much “bandwidth to evaluate charters” as those wealthier families and we are making informed decisions to send our children to schools that perform. Ms. Rubin would do well to consider what she says about the people she researches and not use the veil of data to hide her racially and culturally insensitive comments.