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Brad Beaver

Friday, October 21, 2011

Talking Points 6: Study conducted by Century Foundation in Montgomery County, Md

     I know it is only one study but just think about it. If the people in power are grouping the poor into the same neighborhoods, schools, and districts aren’t the children attending the schools destined to fail to the circumstances of their surroundings? One key thing that came from this study is that: "By the end of elementary school, students in public housing who attend more-affluent green zone schools through the inclusionary housing program cut the achievement gap with non-poor students in the district by one-half in math, and by by one-third in reading." http://tcf.org/media-center/2010/in-montgomery-county-maryland-economic-housing-integration-promotes-academic-achievement

                    “Separate and Unequal”
    “Educators know that it is very difficult to get consistently good results in schools characterized by high concentrations of poverty. The best teachers tend to avoid such schools. Expectations regarding student achievement are frequently much lower, and there are lower levels of parental involvement. These, of course, are the very schools in which so many black and Hispanic children are enrolled.”
 “Separate and Unequal” by Bob Herbert http://www.nytimes.com/2011/03/22/opinion/22herbert.html?_r=3&src=tptw  

     Although schools are no longer legally segregated, but because of residential patterns, housing discrimination, and economic disparities aren’t the ones in power still to this day segregating the schools in those places?  ”On May 17, 1954, the Court stripped away constitutional sanctions for segregation by race, and made equal opportunity in education the law of the land.” http://americanhistory.si.edu/brown/history/index.html

1 comment:

  1. When you have poorly educated students all in one place they are set up to failure, just because someone is poor does not mean they are uneducated.