Current Connection ~Week 4~

The article that my group was assigned to read was entitled The Cultural and Social Foundations of Education, But specifically chapter 4: Education in the Progressive Period. The article talked about The Common School Movement, after learning more about the movement, I decided to see how students of other races (specifically African American) were treated during this movement. I then decided to compare my findings to today’s schooling.

The article I chose to compare to Janick’s article was an article/study done by Keith Meatto titled Still Separate, Still Unequal: Teaching about School Segregation and Educational Inequality. The article talks about how schools across the United States are still very much racially concentrated and how over half the nation’s children are in the “racially concentrated” schools, and how a majority of the nation’s population is unaware about the segregation in schooling. The article also touched on how Brown v Board made some headway but schools are still separated based on race and income. Meatto even went so far as to show just how “concentrated” schools across the nation are. He showed this by color-coding the map of the United States. I showed this map on my presentation and was received by a majority of my peers being surprised by just how much of not only the south but in areas in the west are racially concentrated schools are. For example, a majority of the racially concentrated schools in the western region of the U.S are in Nevada.

The article also supplied a website from a third party website that shows just how concentrated schools in your district are. The directions were simple, all you had to do was input your district’s name and it will show you a plethora of information. For example, I put in my school district which would be Rochester City School District and it will show me the demographic of students enrolled based on ethnicity and shows different components that come with the district; like what percentage of students in the Rochester City School District receive help from the government whether that be with housing, lower lunch prices, etc. After I finished my presentation, I showed my peers what their school districts looked like and many were surprised to see how diverse (or lack thereof) their district was.

In conclusion, while the common school movement did put forth great effort towards creating equal education regardless of income, class, or heritage; it did not unfortunately touch on race. However, it was not until Brown v. Board that African Americans were supposed to be given access to the same standard of education that white students were, but still, education and schools are still separate but are not in all cases equal.

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