Different Forms of Segregation US Schools
Different Forms of Segregation in US Schools
After the last world war, people in the United States took the initiative to promote equality, disregarding skin color as determinants of social significance. African Americans and other race migrated in the United States are given equal opportunities by the law. Despite the law preventing racial discrimination, there is still evidence of racial intimidation in some aspects of the society. One of that is the segregation of students in schools. Primarily the parents are given the right to choose what they think would be the best school for their children. There are district schools that set policies to segregate non-white students, emphasizing rules such as separate entrances for whites and non-whites, limitations on common areas in the school and also the way classroom teachings are being disseminated (Schuler, Roger January 2010). Segregation is not only limited to students, teacher’s job privileges are also impacted by segregation, giving priority to white and lesser opportunity for blacks in terms of pay rate and other benefits.
A complex diversity of multicultural schools focuses on many aspects such as social class, race, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, human differences, language and gender. Diversity is United States Schools along with long tradition of racial intimidation shapes the children’s experiences and learning perspectives. The idea about affirming diversity radiates the relevance of understanding the contexts of sociopolitical reforms to aid multicultural school diversity. If the society would be able to open up itself more to adapt the multicultural environment not only in schools but in general, there would be a greater chance of economic prosperity (Cteaching-affirmingdiversity.com 2010).
The context of multicultural diversity is closely related to economic segregation. This type of segregation talks about the separation of social classes in most schools. In recent years the number of students that belongs to poor families is rising. In public schools more and more students are known to be under the below poverty line mark. This entails a lot of issues, including less opportunity for the school to have more competitive educators, non priority in school redevelopment and low level of achievements. Considering the current conditions of schools with more poor children enrolled versus private schools with a majority of students at middle or first class families, it obviously suggests the reason why there is a decline in achievement rates in most students in public schools (Khadaroo, Stacy Teicher May 27, 2010).
Given all the facts about economic segregation and racial discrimination among schools, it is evident that segregation is paramount in determining the reason why there is a huge decline on the quality of education in the United States. In particular, public schools are showing low performing number of students and lower average on grades Mayer, Susan N.D.).
On a personal note, experiencing segregation in society, in schools, workplace among other places greatly impacts a person’s self appreciation. Based on experience, being separated from a group of people who are tagged as higher individual and me belonging in a group tagged as inferior there is a strong sense of indignity and by all means degrading. As a student it resulted to lower self esteem and becomes less interested to go to school or simply lose enthusiasm for learning.
Schuler, Roger (January 2010) School Segregation Is Taking New Forms. Web Retrieved on February 1, 2012 from http://democratunity.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=526:school-segregation-is-taking-new-forms-&catid=83:civil-rights
Cteaching-affirmingdiversity.blogspot.com (2010) Affirming Diversity Web Retrieved on February 1, 2012 from http://cteaching-affirmingdiversity.blogspot.com/
Khadaroo, Stacy Teicher (May 27, 2010) Economic segregation rising in US public schools Web Retrieved on February 1, 2012 from http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/Education/2010/0527/Economic-segregation-rising-in-US-public-schools
Mayer. Susan (N.D.) How Economic Segregation Affects Children’s Educational Attainment Web Retrieved on February 1, 2012 from http://www.ipr.northwestern.edu/jcpr/workingpapers/wpfiles/mayer_econsegregation.PDF