Just When Post-Racial Educators Thought It Was Safe

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A Rainbow Coalition? Not Quite.

A Rainbow Coalition? Not Quite.

This is one of 2009’s most censored stories. I know race is such a touchy subject for some of the readers of my blog, but … just read:

According to a new Civil Rights report published at the University of California, Los Angeles, schools in the US are 44 percent non-white, and minorities are rapidly emerging as the majority of public school students in the US.  Latinos and blacks, the two largest minority groups, attend schools more segregated today than during the civil rights movement forty years ago. In Latino and African American populations, two of every five students attend intensely segregated schools.  For Latinos this increase in segregation reflects growing residential segregation. For blacks a significant part of the reversal reflects the ending of desegregation plans in public schools throughout the nation. In the 1954 case Brown v. Board of Education, the US Supreme Court concluded that the Southern standard of “separate but equal” was “inherently unequal,” and did “irreversible” harm to black students. It later extended that ruling to Latinos.

Add that to the million other reasons I blog.

Thoughts? Comments? For more, please read.

Jose, who’s reporting live …

p.s. – The previous cartoon isn’t an endorsement of any party really, but it fit rather well with the topic at hand.

Comments 5

  1. I think separate but equal is making a big comeback. It’s not necessarily based on color anymore, but rather charter v. public, or private/ public partnerships v. public. And, of course, the overwhelming majority of kids get the short end of the stick.

    Word doesn’t always get out, since Bill Gates and pals are willing to spend millions to try and convince people otherwise.

  2. I teach in one of those Western states that the article refers to (though not California) and my school is becoming more and more segregated within my district. Our percentage of Latino students has jumped every year, and I can’t believe it’s only because schools in general have more Latino students – that may be part of it, but every time they redraw the lines, my kids are more and more isolated from the wealthier populations in my district. And when kids are divided that way, they all lose out.

    I wish I had some ideas of what to do about it.

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    Thank you both for your great comments. I know separate but equal’s made a great comeback. But color is so relevant in all of those scenarios. For instance, I believe it was JD or someone who posted a map of exactly where charter schools are popping up. You guessed it, they’re popping up in very ghetto urban neighborhoods. All the popular ones are in Harlem, Brooklyn, and the Bronx. It’s still something to consider, still.

    I think it’s going to be really hard to do “something” about it since it’s already written in laws and yet, we’ve made a complete reversal. It’s hard to imagine, but what else CAN we do if even the laws aren’t protecting diversity?

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  5. Schools (Principals, teachers, faculty & admin staff) has done a pretty good job of ruining the educational experience of kids also. Many of what happens in schools is not dictated by outside forces, I remember reading about the issue(s) surrounding Brooklyn Tech [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brooklyn_Tech#Lee_McCaskill_controversy] from their principal to them being predominantly white although a large percentage of the city population is of minority decent.

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