Shame, Cross-Referenced to Morally Reprehensible, Really? Still?, and Just Plain Sorry

I’m reading The Shame of the Nation: The Restoration of Apartheid Schooling in America by Jonathon Kozol. I’d read writing by Kozol before, and this news is, unfortunately, no news to me. It’s been seven years since its publication, and there doesn’t seem any indication that there’s been any reform in desegregating the schools: Looking […]

Why American Kids Fall Behind

Or maybe we should say, “Why American kids who are poor fall behind.” There are many reasons, including the morally reprehensible way schools are funded, which inevitably leads to segregation by class and race and socioeconomic status. (Which adds up to the same thing, really.) Yesterday I was reading Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell, so I […]

It Ain’t Over Til It’s Over

In 1971 in Orange County, Florida, 11 schools were essentially segregated, with a student population that was more than 80% Black. Today, 18 schools in the district are similarly segregated. One school, Orange Center Elementary, has a student population that is 99% Black. Nearly 50 years ago, the NAACP filed suit against the district. Schools […]

Neo Segregation

Do we need another Brown vs. the Board of Education? ATLANTA (Reuters) – Black and Latino students are educated in U.S. schools that are increasingly segregated, said a report Wednesday that undercuts optimism about race in America surrounding the presidency of Barack Obama. Blacks and Hispanics are more separate from white students than at any […]