Sunday, July 14, 2013

Racially Integrating Our Schools

That people still talk of this brings back memories of busing nightmares in the early 1970s:
School segregation remains a reality: “74 percent of African Americans still attend majority nonwhite schools, compared to just over 76 percent in the late 1960s,” writes The Nation‘s Greg Kauffman.

But there’s a demographic reality to consider, responds Matthew Yglesias in Slate. U.S. schools are running low on white kids.

Non-Hispanic whites were 54 percent of the under-18 population in 2010, compared to 74 percent in 1980, according to the Census Bureau. Furthermore, among kids under the age of 5, non-Hispanic whites are a minority...

We can’t integrate our way to better school performance, agrees Sara Mead. That includes socio-economic integration, the dream of “smart liberal school reformers in recent years.” Like whites, middle-class students from two-parent families are in short supply and not evenly distributed.

The challenge is to design schools to meet the needs of low-income, minority students.
I have no doubt that this design includes modifying culture to one that values education.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Those cultures who value education (asians, whites) are being penalized for it. Hispanics place family ahead of education, especially for females, and it is reflected in their lower success rates. Blacks are being conditioned by the victim-consortium of Jackson & Sharpton and their ilk to reject any forms of success that correlate with perceived 'white' success - hence the glorification of the hiphop, gansta culture and it's refusal to access responsibility for its own choices. As the old saw goes, you can lead a black kid to school, but you can't make him learn..... but you can punish the teacher.