However, once these children become middle and high school students, society seems to come down on them and the students align themselves along racial boundaries (Amor, 1995) . Mandated busing gives the impression that whites are superior and blacks are inferior because the government tells them that blacks needs whites to receive an education. This argument comes to a head when the students sit next to each other in a high school class. The recent studies conducted by the American Psychological Association are not the first to focus the factors that influence how people learn. The vast majority of the studies show that the main factors influencing learning are biological factors and family conditions.
A schools potential to give a proper education often depends on the perspective economic, and social, or perhaps the racial backgrounds of its students. Some of the best high schools in the nation often are magnet schools, private schools, or suburban schools that serve the upper class. Although there are usually a small number of minority children who are lucky enough to attend such quality schools, the white children defiantly make up the majority of upper class high school populations. The differences between public schools and private schools are obvious. In... ... middle of paper ... ...ators feel that forced school integration would only cause the parents of white children to move their children to other school districts, this is known as white flight.
Resource scarcity and lack of opportunity repeatedly are presented as the only conceivable explanations for poor performance in education. Besides that, highly diverse educated groups explained for low academic achievement of black children positioned the problem in the children themselves and in their families. An essence are unchallengeable, according to this view, as Palen (2001) narrated that “Inequality, it claims, is natural, those who prove themselves superior in the competitive struggle are superior from birth and their strength lies in their genes.” (p, 13). Thi... ... middle of paper ... ...Child Left Behind Act, voucher or choice, and charter schools can improve our children's academic performances, especially minority students. For example, debate over school vouchers is that minority families will be mostly expected to leave the public schools and enroll their children in private schools if given the opportunity.
This acts as a disadvantage to lower classes who throughout their academic career will suffer as a result of their social background. Also rejection and an inability to respond to school is linked to social class but acts in a way to shape pupils attitudes in a way where they feel school has nothing to offer and end up with poorer life chances than those who accept schooling and strive to achieve the highest possible goals. Also gender plays an important part in life chances since boys and girls not only tend to perform differently in school but also achieve different qualifications which result in different occupations. Finally ethnicity works in a way that again disadvantages ethnic minorities who can be cast out at school leading to under achievement but can also be discriminated against leading to lower perceived ability and hence educational attainment
Introduction Racial discrimination is a real problem in American schools where African American students are segregated and their rights violated in many ways. Racial discrimination is especially advanced in public schools where majority of the students are colored. In these institutions, the government has failed to offer credible support thus subjecting them to serious problems making the learning process close to impossible (Blank et al, p.108). The departments of justice and education have admitted that serious problems are experienced by school going children in most of the American schools. Positive policies on discipline are being put into measure as a way of reducing the cases of racial discrimination as it affects learning of students negatively and eventually leads to failure of the students.
America’s school system and student population remains segregated, by race and class. The inequalities that exist in schools today result from more than just poorly managed schools; they reflect the racial and socioeconomic inequities of society as a whole. Most of the problems of schools boil down to either racism in and outside the school or financial disparity between wealthy and poor school districts. Because schools receive funding through local property taxes, low-income communities start at an economic disadvantage. Less funding means fewer resources, lower quality instruction and curricula, and little to no community involvement.
America demands that all youth receive an education and that its educational system is free and open to all—regardless of class, race, ethnicity, age, and gender. However, the system is failing. There is still inequality in the educational system, and minorities’ experience with education is shaped by discrimination and limited access, while white people’s experience with education is shaped by privilege and access. The educational experience for minorities is still segregated and unequal. This is because the number of white children that are withdrawn from school by their parents is higher than the number of people of color enrolling.
And even worse, these schools tend to be segregated since they are usually in the harsher parts of a neighborhood. Sadly, it’s the segregated schools are one of the main reasons why black students decide not to go on to pursue a higher education. According to "The Way Out of the Black Poverty Cycle", a black student that attends an integrated suburban school is six times more likely to graduate compared to a segregated under resourced school. An African Americans family structure and the opinions of family members affects if their decision to further their education as well. Many African American children grow up un... ... middle of paper ... ...e and prepared for college work.
This achievement gap is a social problem in the education system since this is affecting many schools in the United States. As a response to this social problem, the No Child Left Behind Act was passed to assist in closing this achievement gap by holding schools more accountable for the students’ progress. Unsuccessful, the No Child Left Behind Act was ineffective as a social response since schools were pushed to produce high test scores in order to show a student’s academic progress which in turn, pressured teachers and students even more to do well on these tests. Throughout the nation, education inequality affects many minority students that have low-income which reinforces the disparity between the rich and the poor. The amount of children that have a socioeconomic background of poverty in the United States is estimated to be 32.4 million (National Center for Children in Poverty, 2011).
Whether these feelings are only perceived or if they are true, they still present a barrier that is hard to overcome. I know that in my own school, I have witnessed these types of parent cliques. Many low income parents don’t have the financial resources to buy the fanciest treats for parties or other class activities. As a teacher leader, I need to make all parents feel a part of the school culture. I would like to see teachers have more training and professional development on the effects poverty has on the economically disadvantaged students.