America’s backslide on school segregation
Minnesota Public Radio, May 29, 2012 –
It’s been nearly 60 years since the landmark ruling Brown v. the Board of Education, yet schools around the nation appear to be a on a backslide toward high segregation rates not seen for many decades.
With new census data that shows that our country has a minority majority for the first time ever, many are concerned about the reemerging segregation trend in America’s public schools. Does it lead to inadequate education and fail to prepare students for a diverse world? Are our schools facing a new segregation crisis, and what should be done about it?
“Segregation is very much alive in this country,” said Richard Kahlenberg, senior fellow at The Century Foundation. “The fact that we have schools that are increasingly segregated by economic status and race is one of the central impediments to a quality education and for the most part there’s very little attention put on it.”
Kahlenberg will join The Daily Circuit Tuesday to discuss school segregation. Terry Stoops, director of education studies at the John Locke Foundation, will also join the discussion.
“We have several charter schools that are predominately black,” Stoops said. “The parents there were polled and the overwhelming majority said as long as our students get a top-notch education and as long as they’re safe, the fact that it’s black doesn’t have any concern to these parents.”
When you see examples of schools like Harvest Prep where students are more segregated and succeeding, it complicated the discussion.