Where Are All the Educational Samaritans?

I recently heard a remarkable lecture by Dr. Ruth N. López Turley, who is a professor of sociology at Rice University, director of the Houston Education Research Consortium, and associate director of the Kinder Institute for Urban Research. She is a graduate of Stanford University and received her PhD from Harvard University.

In her lecture, Dr. Turley presented the story of the Good Samaritan alongside data on social segregation and educational inequality. She pleaded for Christians to stop running away from students in need, like the religious leaders from the famous parable that crossed over to the other side of the road.

Using her lecture as a basis for discussion, we framed a question and answer platform to communicate her findings as a researcher as well as her very human response to ongoing educational inequities.

Q: Dr. Turley, why did you choose the Good Samaritan parable to frame your ideas about some of the problems in education?

Dr. T: When we hear this story, we often focus on the Samaritan, but today I want to focus on the religious people who saw him and crossed over to the other side of the road. I feel a great sense of urgency about this particular…[READ ENTIRE ARTICLE HERE: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/589b08efe4b061551b3e05e5?timestamp=1486556266808 ]