Today we will begin discussing the history and impact of inequity within our education systems. Over 65 years ago, the Supreme Court's ruling in the landmark Brown vs. Board of Education case declared racial segregation unconstitutional, yet today we see our schools just as segregated, if not more than in 1954. The result of this continued segregation has perpetuated a lasting negative effect on children and communities of color. Today we will explore that history and its continued and renewed impact on our education systems.
OPTION 1: Read this article on how busing within school districts was implemented as a way to break segregation's stranglehold in education and its effect on generations of students. Find out how, in 2020, we find our schools once again segregated.
OPTION 2: Districts can draw school zones to make classrooms more or less racially segregated. Read this quick article and find your school district to see how well it's doing.
OPTION 3: Read this quick piece to better understand how America has used schools as a weapon against Native Americans. From years of coercive assimilation and historical trauma, generations of Native children find themselves suffering with subpar education outcomes.
OPTION 4: As the child population becomes "majority-minority," racial segregation remains high, income segregation among families with children increases and the political and policy landscape undergoes momentous change. Check out this study on the consequences of segregation for children's opportunity and well being.
The Racial Justice and Social Equity series is hosted by Worthington Libraries and the City of Worthington Community Relations Commission. The work of the YWCA of Greater Cleveland, which developed the series' daily challenges, is gratefully acknowledged.