Separate, Still Not Equal – Book Report/Review Example

One issue that really bothers me in this article is the difficulty children growing up in poor, racially homogenous schools, is the fact that they have held to such an elevated standard in high stakes tests. It seems so profoundly hypocritical to me that the very government that has largely deprived them of a fair shot at a decent education by failing to provide services is going to further punish them for not living up to some imagined standard. It would be fair if the students are supported, but they are not. On the other hand, looking at the level of funding spent on each child in these schools; I can’t help but ask myself why aren’t better results being had for $8,000 per year? This seems like an adequate sum to pay the teacher and to fix the leaky roof. Seeing that level of expenditure result in schools where 75% of the students do not graduate leads me to believe that there is something wrong with the educational system and the management of funds.
I am surprised to learn that there are still schools that are so incredibly segregated. One question I have concerns the racial make-up of the neighborhood surrounding the school. I know the author mentioned the school in Seattle and Dr. King High School in New York as being in racially diverse neighborhoods yet being mostly African American. However, is that the case for all schools mentioned? I also noticed that the author seemed to think that African Americans and Latino students were all lumped together and referred to as not being racially diverse, when these two cultures are actually very different. Simply because white kids aren’t in the mix doesn’t mean the school is segregated.
I believe that the real message in this article is that segregation exists in American schools. This is unacceptable and shocking, but what can a classroom teacher do about it? I think as a teacher, I need to be aware of bias and inequality while struggling to overcome it in my classroom every day. I think that this is the best I can do in my professional capacity.