There seems to be a growing belief that desegregating schools will solve the educational failure of Black and Brown students in America.
What this is saying is that more and better resources and teachers will be given schools if White children attend failing schools to even out their racial make-up.
What this also says is that by exposure to White students, Black and Brown students will become more educable and therefore better able to learn.
The question is, what are we saying about ourselves as Americans?
The very notion that segregation is the cause of the educational failure of certain groups of children supports the rampant racism this country shields.
Prior to the integration of public schools, Black and Brown students flourished educationally. When Black and Brown students were taught by Black and Brown teachers the educational failure of those students was nearly non-existent.
It was only after de-segregation laws demanded that White teachers teach Black and Brown students that Black and Brown students began to fail.
It was only after public schools were forced to educate Black and Brown students that funding and resources were disproportionally awarded.
To believe that re-segregating schools will solve the problem of the educational failure of Black and Brown students is to perpetuate the fear and hatred of those students by White students who will continue to believe that they are somehow better than and better-off than “colored” students.
The only way to end the failure of public schools to properly educate all children is to change the system of education so that it provides an excellent education to all children.
Once we provide every child in America with a developmentally appropriate, Arts based, experiential education that concentrates on discovering, developing and directing their individual gifts and talents towards becoming knowledgeable, respectful, caring, actively engaged adults, those adults will no longer judge children by race, income or disability.
When we provide every child in America with an excellent education, we will end racism and poverty and we will understand and acknowledge the value of humanity over money.
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