This is a great video where Noguera echoes the need for educational equity and discusses the utility of knowledge. He stresses the importance of connecting learning to students' lives to engage, interest, and give practical uses of their education.
We are always talking about the racial achievement gap. Noguera goes into depth about what it really means to have a racial achievement gap and how to bridge the gap to bring out equitable education. He highlights the importance of factors outside of school including income inequality and access to healthcare, jobs, and housing.
This is the first piece I ever read by Noguera and it is the reason I have followed his knowledge throughout the years. Noguera talks about discipline, social control, and the need to breakdown the school to the prison pipeline.
Noguera tells us that school is boring and he's right! Are we blaming students for failing in school or are we failing as educators to make learning engaging? This video brings out Noguera's best and showcases some of the issues he focuses on. He gives a voice to very real situations and experiences.