After reading the article and answering the above questions, share your reactions using the following prompts:• Did anything in the article surprise you? For Further Exploration Choose one or more of the following ideas to investigate school segregation in the United States and around the world.1.
Read and discuss “In a Divided Bosnia, Segregated Schools Persist.” Compare and contrast the situations in Bosnia and Charlottesville.
In this activity, which might begin a deeper study of school segregation, you can look up your own school district, or individual public or charter school, to see how it compares with its counterparts. For Further Exploration Research your own school district.
To get started: Scroll down to the interactive map of the United States in this Pro Publica database and then answer the following questions:1. Search for your school or district in the database. Then write an essay, create an oral presentation or make an annotated map on segregation and educational inequity in your community, using data from the Miseducation database._________Activity #2: Explore a case study: schools in Charlottesville, Va.
How does this perspective confirm, challenge, or complicate your understanding of the topic? Read and discuss the article and study the map and graphs in “Why Are New York’s Schools Segregated?
It’s Not as Simple as Housing.” How does “school choice” confirm, challenge or complicate your understanding of segregation and educational inequity? Only a tiny number of black students were offered admission to the highly selective public high schools in New York City in 2019, raising the pressure on officials to confront the decades-old challenge of integrating New York’s elite public schools.Then, make a case for what should be done — or not done — to make New York’s elite public schools more diverse.• Stop Fixating on One Elite High School, Stuyvesant. • How Elite Schools Stay So White • No Ethnic Group Owns Stuyvesant. • De Blasio’s Plan for NYC Schools Isn’t Anti-Asian. _________Activity #3: Investigate the relationship between school segregation, funding and inequality.Kindergarten students dancing during a performance arts class at a school in New Jersey.Although many students learn about the historical struggles to desegregate schools in the civil rights era, segregation as a current reality is largely absent from the curriculum.“No one is really talking about school segregation anymore,” Elise C. This resource considers three essential questions:• How and why are schools still segregated in 2019?• What repercussions do segregated schools have for students and society?But like many African-American children in Charlottesville, Trinity lived on the south side of town and went to a predominantly black neighborhood elementary school.Zyahna lived across the train tracks, on the north side, and was zoned to a mostly white school, near the University of Virginia campus, that boasts the city’s highest reading scores.To learn more about this story, listen to this episode of The Daily.For more information, read these Op-Ed essays and editorials offering different perspectives on the problem and possible solutions. Read and discuss “The Resegregation of Jefferson County.” How does this story confirm, challenge or complicate your understanding of the topic?A new report highlighted the drastic differences in funding for predominantly nonwhite school districts compared with mostly white districts.Related Article Some school districts have more money to spend on education than others. For Further Exploration Choose one or more of the following ideas to investigate the interrelationship among school segregation, funding and inequality.1. Compare your findings about your local school budget to your research about segregation and student outcomes, using the Miseducation database.