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Since the Brown v. Board of Education decision of 1954, public schools entered a period of integration. Our schools are now experiencing resegregation. Looking at this issue, I have incorporated material from two sources, Taking Sides: Clashing Views in Race and Ethnicity (6th edition) and Racial and Ethnic Groups (13th Edition). I explored reasons for resegregation, if integration is and why, and possible strategies for integrating public schools in today’s world and if these strategies are realistic or not. To understand resegregation it is necessary to understand segregation, integration and resegregation. These issues are not exclusive to the public schools but prevalent throughout society. In order to address these issues, you must first look at race and ethnicity and understand their direct impact on integration and thus segregation. Race and ethnicity could produce volumes of material. To simplify matters for this paper, I accept the following as true “The United States is a very diverse nation… Although the composition of the population is changing, problems of prejudice, discrimination, and mistrust remain” (Schaefer 4). I also accept as fact: “In every society not all groups are treated or viewed equally” (Schaefer 4). In Taking Sides: Clashing Views in Race and Ethnicity, Tim Lockette states the yes opinion, that resegregation is occurring in public schools and needs to be addressed. Ingrid Gould Ellen represents the no opinion. She explores integration in neighborhoods and feels it is indeed improving and will translate to schools remaining and becoming more integrated. Ellen’s interest is social segregation and believes “the ultimate question (is) why our nation’s residential neighborhoods are as seg... ... middle of paper ... ...ty education. As a nation it behooves us to make quality education readily available to all. The task is daunting as “To address the issue of resegregation is to assess public education in America” (Dangelo305-306). If we want our public schools to be integrated, we must first educate the general public. Perhaps given enough time, integration might happen naturally but generations suffer with a substandard education. We must acknowledge the value of quality education for all and increase the number of people working towards solutions. Works Cited D’Angelo , Raymond and Douglas, Herbert. Taking Sides: Clashing Views in Race and Ethnicity (8th Edition). New York: Contemporary Learning Series group within the McGraw-Hill Higher Education division, 2011. Schaefer, Richard T. Racial and Ethnic Groups (13thedition). United States: Pearson Education, Inc., 2012

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