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The New York Times has an incredible and revealing look at the impact of racial segregation in schools. The Times visited a Brooklyn charter school, where almost all of the students are black:

In the broad resegregation of the nation’s schools that has transpired over recent decades, New York’s public-school system looms as one of the most segregated.


At Explore, as at many schools in New York City, children trundle from segregated neighborhoods to segregated schools, living a hermetic reality.


Decades of academic studies point to the corroding effects of segregation on students, especially minorities, both in diminished academic performance and in the failure to equip them for the interracial world that awaits them.


…staff members also wonder about the isolation of the students. Adunni Clarke, 34, who is black and is the lead intervention teacher who helps students and teachers who need extra support, said: “I don’t know that our kids get their placement in the world. I don’t know that they realize that they’re competing against all these other cultures.”

The same is true of Rochester city schools. The city is 43.7 percent white, but only 11 percent of the students are white. One-third of the city lives in poverty, but 88 percent of students are eligible for free or reduced lunch.

Educational segregation has very real consequences for children. Studies show integration helps disadvantaged students achieve in school.

– Buffalo’s towing scene is insane. Alleged bribes, a murder and an FBI probe.

Newspaper paywalls are bad for a few reasons.

– I would love to pay to get HBO on my iPad and ditch cable altogether. But a standalone streaming service is likely not in the cards.

2 Responses to What It’s Like to Go to a Segregated School

  1. May 12, 2012 at 8:14 pm susan responds:

    Rachel, you are saying what you have heard from me all of your life. I am so glad you are putting it out there for others to contemplate.

  2. I work in the city and see the disparity in race.. I have a question about the stats. 43% of the city is white, only 11% of it’s students. What percentage of the school would be white if they did not go to private or religious schools? I wonder, how many single white folks live in the city, couples with no children living in the city, single child families.. I wonder if that plays into the stats at all? Should the number be 20 percent? 40%? somewhere in between? Thoughts?

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