Saturday, March 19, 2016

Brown v. Board of Education

Brown v. Board of Education
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.

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.

You mean fixing segregated schools versus integrating schools.

Versus integrating schools. Because integrating schools, the very conceit of integrating schools is that you have to pay attention to race. And you have to acknowledge that you have a problem with racism. And it's more comfortable to say that it's not an issue about racism. It's just an issue about high poverty schools that need help and need more money and need more resources.

It's just resources, not race. 


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.


  1. I really liked how you talked about how people don't want to admit that integrating is about race. People try to avoid talking about it, or bringing attention to race issues. But in reality it is black students who are losing the chance at a quality education because of the district that they live in. More attention needs to be brought to integration because it is something that can benefit all students.

  2. I agree how its crazy to think that racial problems are still going on right now even though desegregation happened a very long time ago. It just goes to show that not everyone thinks the same or thinks people deserve equality, sad to think about but its the truth. Also I really enjoyed the quotes you picked, especially the one from The american life about how schools are always trying to make improvement to help more kids and give children more opportunities which is a great thing.

  3. I really enjoyed reading your interpretations of the quotes, they definitely added a better understanding for me as well. I agree that everybody deserves an equal education which includes discussing the issues race provide as well. Nice Job!

  4. I really liked how you focused on creating an equal environment in schools. The issue isn't so much race, gender, disability, etc. it's about children in lower poverty settings having less of a chance at success in schools. They are also being labeled as dangerous with no actual proof. You chose great quotes and explained it very well.