response paper 11 - balanced school, leading to unequal...

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Kevin Phipps April 22, 2009 TA: Sara Keene Response Paper #11 To most people, public schools provide equal opportunity for all, allowing everyone the same chances for success regardless of their social background. However, this is simply not true as other factors act to prevent the lower-class from obtaining the same advantages as people of higher class. Many years ago, legal segregation existed across the United States as the law stated that schools and other public areas were to be made “separate but equal.” This equality demanded by the law clearly did not exist, leading to the banning of any sort of racial segregation. This ban of legal segregation, however, did not take into account demographic segregation, where much higher levels of minorities in the inner cities attended similar schools, leading to another form of segregation. “At Adlai Stevenson High School, which enrolls 3,400 students, blacks and Hispanics made up 97 percent of the student population” (Kozol, 42). Clearly, this is not a
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Unformatted text preview: balanced school, leading to unequal opportunities. Many still hope to obtain equality while “some who are perhaps most realistic do not even dare to ask for, or expect, complete equality, which seems beyond the realm of probability for many years to come” (Kozol, 44). With such high levels of minorities due to this demographic segregation, inner-city public schools tend to have much less money to spend, preventing their students from obtaining as high quality of an education as upper-class students in a suburb public school. Classes at schools may also limit students’ chances for obtaining the best possible education: “It isn't a question of what students want. It's what the school may have available” (Koloz, 52). Without allowing the student to take classes that prepare them for college, they may be greatly disadvantaged compared to other students with more options....
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