The causes of school segregation are complex. Housing segregation, more based on economics than race, plays a role, keeping many minorities in the city. Charters and choice have given both blacks and whites options that have increased segregation. Moreover, many people and organizations are concerned that limits on who can attend certain charter schools affect individual choice and accelerates segregation by race and class.
Should we care that school segregation has returned, at least in Wilmington, especially if some of this is by individual choice rather than by overtly racist laws? We believe we should. Success in our society increasingly will be for those who can participate in a multicultural environment. Research has shown that teachers prefer to work in schools that are not segregated by race, economic status or limited in student academic achievement. No, an African-American student does not need to sit next to a white student to learn, but desegregated schools by race and class tend to ensure higher academic success for all students in attendance.
The sad part about charter schools is the law allows a specific interest factor associated with serving at-risk students whom many are predominately African-American.
Public schools should have all the services available for overachievers and underachievers, the same resources in the arts and school building amenities. The downtown mega charter school is nothing more than warehouse! Inspiration cannot come from a textbook or a Race to The Top program. The models must be real and alive! Reducing a school to a population of struggling students limits student’s from seeing success within their school. Sure there are success in such schools. However, the ladder within doesn’t have many rungs. Why is there first and second honor rolls? Why is there Tag and AP classes? Why is there college courses being taught in some high schools? I can’t find the words to describe what I am getting at! However, I’ll try it this way! The academic opportunities drives the menu. If student’s menu is to meet or exceed the standards in contrast to a menu to meet or exceed all expectation and potential then those with a the limited menu won’t reach beyond. Getting hard here! If a professional athlete or musician can inspire children to reach for the stars why can’t having a school with the lowest performing students and the highest performing students within inspire the lowest performing students to be higher performing students. Sorry Charter School of Wilmington leaders (not students) your notion keeping out underachieving students because they would be a negative drag on the overachieving students is “immoral” and counterproductive to the mission of public education and the spirit of fair and equitable public education.
The danger associated with desegregation aka de facto segregation is the isolation of black and white children whereas a social culture shock is brewing when these children must come together in the workplace and in society. The biggest fear of many whites is the fear their white children will adopt urban behaviors such as in music, dress and mannerism. Honest conversation here, white children who cross such lines are called Wiggers and sadly black students coming out of the hood who become overachievers are being accused of being sellouts and wanting to be white! Sure we have a great sense of culture diversity in Delaware but there is still underlying prejudice and racism. The sad part of this is, it dwells within education reformers who see nothing wrong with segregation or de facto segregation.
Perhaps my analogies are way out there but I call it as I see it. I was born in 1954 and my eyes have witness the change and OMG then there was my dad the typical Archie Bunker. The poison of parents black and white pours over to their children and leave some staining.
I have a hunch when President Obama completes his term the high for blacks having a black president will be over and the reality of nothing really changing will hit home. I see social unrest brewing compounded by a government bent on collecting data on all citizens black and white. The pot is boiling and before whites and blacks come together we’ll see the mutual erosion of our freedoms at the hands of a failing government. Perhaps 50 years from now America will be in total social chaos with government on one side and the people on the other. In the middle there will be bands of criminals black, white and of all colors killing and taking to survive.
Preparing students for the so-called global economy has some merits. But let’s no kid ourselves, the push to get our students there is putting more resources in place for the overachievers to get there first. I see no real goal of eliminating the achievement gap. Blacks will remain the underclass because many affluent black leaders who can make a difference are too busy kissing the ass of the likes of Governor Jack Markell.
We are fortunate that the Earth we count on for our human survival will consume us and punish us for not taking care of Mother Earth. Earth is the Noah’s Arc of mankind within the universe and the Earth will consume all of us in Arc. But in the meantime a complete social breakdown is on the horizon. America is shifting to a two-class society by design of the government.
If we can’t keep our public schools free of cultural in-differences we won’t survive as a human race. Yea Yea, Kilroy’s doom and gloom bullshit. So much is on the backs of our children yet the profiteers of today within the community black and white will weigh them down. Perhaps we need to look beyond Brown Vs The Board of Education and let the works of Dr. King and Hick’s Anderson be the guiding torch and way. The problem within education is a direct link to problems as a society and what goes on in the home! But I know one-thing, allowing Wall Street so much play in public education is a formula for disaster. Poverty has become a profit center in public education and valuable resources are being taken from the classroom.