Researched Essay - 1 English 101 29 October 2018 School Segregation Most education activists can agree that school segregation has gotten worse in the

Researched Essay - 1 English 101 29 October 2018 School...

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1 English 101 29 October 2018 School Segregation Most education activists can agree that school segregation has gotten worse in the past several decades. It’s an argument backed by research, and earlier this year Fred Harris and Alan Curtis from The New York Times cited this research in an op-ed article titled “The Unmet Promise Of Equality.” However, there are handfuls of people fighting this belief. Robert VerBruggen from the National Review wrote a response to the NYT article, saying that changing demographics make the data misleading, and that “we’re not going in reverse”(Verbruggen) in terms of segregation. News like this isn’t coming out of the blue. The idea that it’s harder to integrate schools because the US is becoming less White has been circulating the internet more recently. For example, in Connecticut, Governor Dannel Malloy has pushed for more leniency in the standards set in the court-ordered desegregation case. This would attempt to redefine what a segregated school is, from one that is more than 75% minority, to one that is more than 80% minority. So how are people seeing two sides of the school segregation trends? The disagreement all comes down to Brown v. Board of Education , where the Supreme Court ruled that “segregation is inherently unequal,” and that ultimately the belief of separate but equal “has no place.” Research from the National Center for Education Statistics shows that Black students today are less likely to attend a majority White school than they were 50 years ago. VerBruggen sees data like this and says that the reason Black students aren’t attending as many white-majority schools is because “public-school students nationwide no longer have a white majority ”(VerBruggen). However, I believe that both arguments are flawed.
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2 If we’re measuring segregation by how many ethnic children are attending majority- White schools, then you have to take into account that the percentage of the White population is now smaller than it was 50 years ago. But VerBruggen uses this as the basis of his argument, when it’s impossible to tell if segregation is getting worse based off of this data alone. He does cite a study from Stanford Center for Education Policy Analysis that says school segregation hasn’t changed much in the past few decades. However, Sean Reardon and Ann Owens say there
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