We have had many different cases. debates, and laws passed to try to eliminate racism, discrimination, and segragation in our public schools. The question now, is are these laws and regualtions really helping? Are they affecting our students and their education in the way that they were meant to if at all?
I came across an aritcle written by a high school priniciple, Andrew Kelly, from Washoe County. He addresses some of the issues of racism that are still taking place withing public schools and the schools systems. He also lists a few potential solutions that could help.
A point that he mentions is how Presiedent Bush signed for the No Child Left Behind Act, but poor and minority children are still getting left behind. ”This law has failed to adjust the social inconsistencies that in many cases continue to hold our poor and minority students down” (Kelly, newsrjg.com). The law, though in its youth, has not helped to improve our public schools, nor has it given fair opportunities to all students just yet.
Something that I found interesting in this article is one of the replies at the end. The person writes about how he was the minoity white student in all black schools in New York and how the minority students with poor families are brining themselves down. He also talks about how it is not the governments problem it is the minorities themselves. “I was in the same economic class, I was interested in learning and my parents were happy when I bought home a good grade” (newsrjg.com). Though this person was a minority in an all black school and made good grades, what about the extent that his school was able to help him learn? What if he were to attend school in an all white wealthy school, would he be able to excell the way he did at his poor minority schools?
Here is the link to the article!!!