The Is The School System We Go Through Face Flaws Far Greater Than One?

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It is true that the school systems we go through face flaws far greater than one might think. With a school being the place where many students are “Exposed to diversity for the first time in their life,” according to John Macionis, a sociologist and author of sociology, it is to no one’s surprise that there are issues with segregation in regards to race, as the National Education Association points out, “The United States has over 44 percent non-white students”, and the nation as a whole is known for being racially diverse, but there are also issues with class and even gender. When the percentage of diversity varies from school to school and students are faced with majority groups and minority groups in terms of how many students make up said groups, then what steps can we, as the bystander, take in order to lessen the effects or stop the segregations as a whole? In “Teaching Tolerance in America,” by Dudley Erskine Devlin, an English professor at Colorado State University, Devlin discusses the social problems that arise among students in their school lives. Making the argument that “The social clique is based on the notion that one group imagines it is superior to another and thus ridicule, taunt, or even bully another group,” These cliques being formed through race, class, and other identities, Devlin presents his ideas on how to better the school segregations. He suggests school uniforms, better security such as police dogs, ID tags that can be easily identified by all security cameras, and he also argues that schools should make all lessons taught in single-gender classrooms. Although Devlin’s ideas in theory would do well to stop aggressions amongst varying groups, the reality of these ideas is that they would not prevent th... ... middle of paper ... ... a fix as Devlin suggests. Implementing tolerance codes of conducts not only forces the students into a situation they did not agree upon, but it also denounces their ability to have individuality and culture, particularly speaking on Devlin’s idea for a uniform dress code. In fact, adding a common set of clothing does not hide the fact that there is a difference left unchanged such as skin color and ethnicity. While I do acknowledge how a uniform dress code would seem logical from a bystander 's point of view, it’s more appropriate to bring in discussion from the students to hear their thoughts on the matter and bring in programs that seem to work like Anti-Bully campaigns and diversity programs. Segregation in our high schools is an issue that needs answers and awareness, but it needs answers that fit the unique situations that cannot be answered by a uniform mold.

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