February 11, 2012
The Dallas school system was (I guess) trying to give one sort of history lesson, and actually ended up giving another. Officials scheduled a field trip for fifth-grade students to see the movie “Red Tails,” a story of black fighter pilots in WWII. There was only enough room for 5,700 students, so they sent the boys. The girls stayed at school and watched a movie about a black girl who triumphs in a spelling bee.
Officials thought the fighter pilot movie would appeal to the boys more than the girls.
The lesson I’m taking away is that the glass ceiling isn’t even close to being history.