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.I have no doubt that this design includes modifying culture to one that values education.
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.
Sunday, July 14, 2013
Racially Integrating Our Schools
That people still talk of this brings back memories of busing nightmares in the early 1970s: