An interesting discussion has been taking place about the question of race in the context of New Monasticism, over at God’s politics, the Sojourners hangout. While I dont personally feel the effects of that in particular, I definitely recognise the difficulties faced by one particular blogger, who talks about the enormous decision of ‘relocating to the abandoned places of empire‘ when children are involved.
We’ve just taken the decision to put our kids into a school which is in a disadvantaged area, this is not the sort of school that others of our class/background/educational attainment would normally choose to put their children in.
Have I done right by my kids in putting them in this school? I have lots of reasons why I think I have, but the proof will be in the pudding, what if this negatively affects their life chances? What if they are badly bullied? What if their educational outcomes are lower because they went to this school?
Am I irresponsible in doing this? Some people think so. I hope I am not, I hope I am actually doing the best thing for my children and others – but it does concern me. Fortunately Kel and I are clued up enough to be able to deal with any educational issues that crop up, and in fact having been to the school and talked to the head, I’m pretty confident that there wont be a problem. Similarly bullying can take place in any school and I have no reason to think it will happen here. But this all goes against the conventional wisdom, and what if the conventional wisdom is right?
I dont want to give the impression that I’m overly worried about this, as I say I’m confident we can deal with any potential problems anyhow, but this is something that anyone who is in this position has to take seriously and deal with if they have children – regardless of race.