Should We Integrate? Desegregate? Just “All Get Along”?
In my opinion I believe that there should be equal funding but it really should be based on the schools need. Simply having equal funding does not mean that the school will be as successful as next. The only way that this could happen is if the school board pays attention what school is struggling and put resources to better that school alone. This is really the only realistic way to level the playing field. If we increase the resources and budget for all schools, the really good schools are just going to keep getting better while the really bad schools continue to be really bad schools in relation to the others. In doing this, it really would not matter what school you go to, you’re still getting the same level of education as a child of another race.
The one thing I’m not so sure about is the desegregation of schools. Yes, it could be great for experience but I don’t think it’s completely necessary. I’m happy to be going to such a diverse school but I think that it’s really not necessary for my education per say. I do think that all schools should be diverse but I don’t think that it’s something we can force onto people. As Batson said, the reason why black parents tried to put their children in white schools was because they wanted their children to have the best education possible. It could also be argued that whites wanted to stay with whites because they felt that black children were not as educated. If all schools were literally taught the same curriculum with the same books (quality and all), same programs, same resources, people could not argue that they send ids to certain schools because one is better than the other. Children should go to whatever school they want because they have so many options of GREAT schools and not “bad” ones. Yes, neighborhood segregation would still exist but that is something that can be fixed the same way as schools. EQUITY.
This further proves a point brought up in Hannah-Jones’ article: most school segregation is the result of neighborhood segregation. So, I think that increasing the quality of living in low income housing without necessarily raising the price high enough that people move it, would become the process of desegregating schools naturally.
I don’t know if anyone seeks integration or even desegregation. I think we are all, whether we believe it or not, feeding into the customs of the people before us and what we saw worked for them. It’s important that we try to break that, otherwise we’ll be stuck in a segregated society, even if it’s by accident.