Introduction The theme of the research is to discover why there is such a vast educational gap between minority and Caucasian students. Many American are unaware that such an educational gap actually exists among today’s students. This article informs us of alarming statics, such as of African American students representing a majority of the special education population, despite only making up roughly 40% of the student population. It also breaks down key events that contributed to the poor education that minority children are currently receiving. For example, in the past, it was illegal to educate African Americans and when it became legal to blacks were treated as second class students.
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.
However, the second area of segregation, which is found within a school, is something that I do see personally. While our students may not be segregated between schools, there is definitely segregation within the building. Orfield, et al (2010), states that “white students are often tracked into honors or advanced placement courses, whereas black and Latino students are overrepresented in special education programs” (p 25). While we only offer a one track diploma, a college prep program, students still have the option of enrolling in both honors and advanced placement classes while in both middle school and high school. It is at this level of our school system that we find our student body the most segregated whether it is based on race or income
In other words, minorities attending elite colleges due to racial preferencing are not likely to remain in the major they originally chose because of the unexpected amount of workload that they are unprepared for. ... ... middle of paper ... ...m of why so many African-Americans and Latinos are academically uncompetitive; and It involves states and schools in unsavory activities such as deciding which minorities will be favored and which ones (e.g., Asians) not” (Clegg 2). American higher education offers a place for everyone including those who barely escaped high school, which makes affirmative action and racial preferences in college admissions pointless. Preferences aren't necessary to teach students how to deal with diversity. The Constitution explicitly commands nondiscrimination, meaning that in certain circumstances, it violates the law.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, about 44% of students nationwide are minorities, but nearly 90% of teachers are white. Polls and surveys further read that if there were more African American male teachers, the dropout rate would decrease while the graduation rate increases. In urban societies most African American teens would be more likely to succeed if there were more black males instructing secondary classrooms. Perhaps more importantly, the average black teenager is raised within a single parented home, typically with their father being absent. Not only does the absence of father’s affect the home financially, but also emotionally and socially destruct the family.
After the speech that was given by Michael Jefferson, I was more informed on the effects of stereotyping of minority students in a non-minority school. Stereotyping may cause students and teachers to view minority students on a non-minority campus as inferior. This may cause some teachers or faculty members to believe that these minority students are not as capable of achieving the same quality of work as non-minority students. Scholarships are sometimes given out to non0minority students due to their racial background. I suppose this happens due to the stereotype of minority students not being capable of the educational work as that of other students.
Despite efforts over the last 60 years to end segregation in our society, it still exists today through school system’s unequal funding and it is evident that segregation is declining but still exists since Richard Wright’s childhood through segregated neighborhoods. Despite efforts over the last 60 years to end segregation in our society, it is still present through the school’s unequal funding. Lack of funding affects many factors such as the equal educational opportunities for every student. According to “The Civil Rights Project” run by UCLA, “Charter schools attract a higher percentage of black students than traditional public schools, in part because they tend to be located in urban areas” (). As a result, charter schools tend to display higher levels of minority segregation.
“Blacks have been historically been under represented for the past years” (Herndon 489). I definitely agree with him, but on the other hand Sander feels differently. He says basically that “blacks that go to highly selective schools they are more likely to fail” (Sander 5). That is really not true because there are very smart AfricanAmericans out here that...
For example, in the Conway school district, ninety six percent of teachers are white while point six percent are Latin American and one percent are American Indian. The school is not reaching its capability of reaching all students because of the huge gap in diversity. The board of education does not consider that racial diversity does matter in the classroom. There are several benefits to having a diversity among students such as being able to collaborate with one another. Each mind thinks differently which leads to each students expanding their knowledge on certain topics discussed in the classroom.
In today’s day and age, the percentage of monitories attending college decrease more every day. Many studies indicate that there are more African Americans with high school diplomas then college degrees. The question being asked reputably amongst many people is why African Americans still face huge challenges in terms of accessing and completing higher education. The answer to this argument is that single parent household can have a huge effect on how they prosper down the road. Single parent households can influence a child drive for pursuing higher education by failing to push or ensure them that it’s possible to achieve higher than a high school diploma Single parent household play a role in African Americans exceling in education.