Website, listening, NY Times
Studies have shown that it is not the race of the students that is significant, but rather the improved all-around environment of schools with better teachers, fewer classroom disruptions, pupils who are more engaged academically, parents who are more involved, and so on. The poorer students benefit from the more affluent environment. “It’s a much more effective way of closing the achievement gap,” said Mr. Kahlenberg.-"Separate and Unequal" by Bob Herbert
Herbert is saying that it is the resources and environment in the classroom/school that helps the children learn. It has nothing to do with the color of their skin. I believe that anyone can benefit from a "more affluent environment", not just poor students...It can help anyone in any school.
The achievements of the modern black freedom struggle, which followed the victory in the Brown decision, have reverberated throughout society and provide a model for social change. They have given inspiration and encouragement to other Americans fighting for equal rights and access to opportunities regardless of race, ethnicity, religion, age, sexual orientation, or disabilities.-"Equality for All" from website
The Brown v. Board of Education decision has basically lit a match under all of the other issues we face in America. Equality for all is a huge thing that everyone wants, no matter their gender, race, religion, age, sexual orientation, etc. It would make for a much peaceful place to live. Over 50 years later, and to this day we are still dealing with these issues that should not have become issues in the first place.
And I would go to schools. And they would just always be trying these new things that actually sounded like they might work. They would do things like, we'll put a great magnet program here. Or we are going to really focus on literacy. We're going to start an early college high school, in which kids would earn college credit in high school. We're going to improve teacher quality. We're going to replace the principal, or do more testing. They're always talking, really, about the same things. I mean, you could take these conversations, and go from district to district to district, and you will always hear the same things.-http://www.thisamericanlife.org/radio-archives/episode/562/transcript
Schools are always creating new things each and every year for students to improve. I know my school kept on changing the graduation requirements and adding new EEP classes which are college credits. All schools are changing and updating to accommodate their students and to "be the best" district.
Integrating schools is because of race, because everyone deserves an equal education. People do not want to admit that integrating is because of race, they want to say that it is to help the school get more resources and help for funding to make it a better school.
I still cannot believe...but yet I can...that these problems are still ongoing. People and school districts are using bandaids instead of actually doing something for a change. There needs to be equality everywhere for everyone.