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Closing the Gap

Posted by Admin On November - 22 - 2009

Between The Races In Public School Education


closingsliderAmerica is a land of great cultural diversity. Nowhere else in the world can you reasonably expect to find people of so many different races, colors and creeds living in relative harmony with one another. The founding principles of our country focused on all men being created equal, and to a large extent this is lived out, at least on the surface. One of the inalienable rights that are afforded to US citizens, regardless of whether they are African American, Latino, Asian or Caucasian is access to education. All American children are entitled to a free public school education. The truth is though, there may be a wider gap then is depicted that we still need to close between the educations that you get at public schools, depending upon where they are located. And, some gaps are larger in some schools then in others.

As late as the 1960’s there were segregated schools in the United States. African American children attended one school, while Caucasian children attended another. These schools were within the neighborhoods that the different children lived in, providing them access to the closest school available. Unfortunately, there was a great disparity between the schools in terms of what level of education and resources were available. There was a huge gap between the quality of education that could be had at a school in a wealthy white neighborhood and a school in a poorer Latino or black neighborhood. Desegregation attempted to close this distance, but there is still work to be done.

Sad as it may seem, there is a still a gap between schools that are in heavily African American or Latino neighborhoods and those in predominantly Caucasian neighborhoods. Schools that are in more affluent neighborhoods often have better resources. Their student’s score better on standardized tests and therefore the schools themselves receive a better grade. Schools that receive a better grade get better funding, which allows them to improve their resources. Improving their resources improves test scores, and so on and so forth. For a poorer school in a poor neighborhood, there is virtually no way to close this distance.

If we are going to close the gap between the education that African Americans, Latinos and Caucasians receive in this country, we need to revisit how we award funding. Schools that are struggling to help their students succeed should not be penalized by cutting their funding. The lack of income ultimately only hurts the students. Time and money should be put into those schools, to help them overcome challenges and to help their students succeed. Until we do that, there will always be a disparity, and that is just un-American.  Helpfully, educational support is available in the following tutorial program:



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One Response to “Closing the Gap”

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