April 07, 2011

Dopey Philly.com Letter of the Week

Yet another misinformed person wants to lecture us on what the landmark Brown v. Board of Ed. Supreme Court case supposedly means:

IN 1954, in Brown v. Board of Education, the Supreme Court held that our public schools had to integrate racially "with all deliberate speed." After a courageous battle, Thurgood Marshall and his team prevailed. Or did they?

On March 16, as reported by the Daily News in "School Districts on Border Patrol," students from Philadelphia public schools are still trying to find ways into suburban schools because they and their parents recognize that the education in city schools isn't equal to the education in a suburban school. Apparently, the passage of nearly 60 years still isn't long enough to satisfy the Supreme Court's requirement of "all deliberate speed."

Let's stop worrying about where my kid is going to school and let's start worrying about where our kids are going to school. Let's put the haves and have-nots in the same school. Just imagine really mixing kids of every race, creed and economic means in schools that have equal resources.

Once AGAIN, Brown v. Board of Ed. did NOT require that all schools HAD to integrate racially. What it did was sunder the barriers of LEGAL segregation; in other words, black children did not have to drive miles past a [white] school due to the requirement of attending an all-black school. All-white schools and all-black schools based on the LAW were to cease to exist. In other words, "Discrimination is forbidden, but integration is not compelled."

And letter writer Gino Benedetti is also misinformed about the supposed "kumbaya" effects of mixing children of all races and socioeconomic statuses in schools. It's been tried all over the country, most notably right here in New Castle County, Delaware, and Kansas City, Missouri. In addition, Delaware has since enacted a "school choice" law, enabling students to attend a school of their choice anywhere in the state. The fact of the matter is, it's nowhere near a panacea. Obviously, there's a lot more involved in raising the achievement of children and in what makes a "good" school.

Posted by Hube at April 7, 2011 01:32 PM | TrackBack

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Hilarious. I went to a high school that had both racial and income mixing. Most of the minorities were Asians. The bigger divide however, was the rich kids, and kids like me. If he thinks there won't be any animosity because you're mixing race and class guess again.

I'll admit I hated the kids with not one but two new cars when they got their driver's license. I was lucky to be driving the 10 year old family car. They laughed at my relative poverty and I hated them for their sense of entitlement, superiority and unearned rewards.

If my race or theirs were different it wouldn't have mattered.

(this is not to say I was by any means poor. We were solidly middle class but had kids from the next town over attending our HS. That town is still one of the wealthiest in the nation. It's all relative.)

Posted by: Duffy at April 7, 2011 01:47 PM