Cross-posted from Integrated Schools
A sad note to begin… Linda Brown, the symbolic center of Brown v. Board of Education 1954 Supreme Court decision died yesterday at the age of 76.
To commemorate the upcoming 64th anniversary of Brown v. Board in May, join Integrated Schools as we partner with and uplift the work of the amazing youth at IntegrateNYC. We will have action plans and ways that parents and students alike can participate. Stay tuned!
“Almost everybody agrees that economic segregation is growing in schools, and many of those dubious about racial segregation like to advance this idea as a competing, alternative theory for educational inequality. But while income segregation can be simpler to measure than race, race and income are closely interwoven… The existence of economic segregation does not contradict evidence of racial segregation-it helps confirm it. It shows that, underneath the confounding effects of growing diversity, American schoolchildren are still being divided on the basis of social caste.”
“Entire school districts are becoming more racially distinct from each other, even while racial diversity within those districts may be increasing.”
“school openings and closures [are] a major blind spot when talking about the causes of new segregation… closures are about three times as common among segregated schools, and new schools account for a substantial share of current segregation.”
“The vast majority of research into school segregation does not focus on its causes, but rather on the costs of attending a racially isolated school. There are many. They include reduced academic achievement, increased exposure to the criminal justice system, and significantly worsened professional and educational outcomes. Children in integrated schools find it easier to live and work in diverse environments; children in segregated schools are more prone to hold racially prejudiced views later in life. Racial isolation also tends to deprive children of color of what are sometimes obliquely called “networks of opportunity”-in plain language, the day-to-day connections most people rely on to get a job or get into college.”
“And of course, there’s another reason to worry about school segregation, regardless of its cause: the problem of second-class citizenship… Civil-rights advocates are not wrong to worry that, beyond any set of individual outcomes, it is not healthy nor sustainable for a society to effectively consign most children of color to an alternative system of schools. Doing so helps construct or reinforce ideas about racial caste in the minds of Americans-and, worst of all, in the minds of the children themselves.”