A Troubled Dream: The Promise and Failure of School by Carl L. Bankston

By Carl L. Bankston

Fifty years after Brown v. Board of schooling, the USA nonetheless has some distance to visit reach precise integration of our instructional method. utilizing large interviews and a wealth of statistical details, Bankston and Caldas research the failed desegregation efforts in Louisiana as a case research to teach how desegregation has an analogous unsuccessful development around the usa. robust supporters of the dream of integration, Bankston and Caldas convey that the sensible hassle with desegregation is that educational environments are created by way of the entire scholars in a faculty from the backgrounds that each one the scholars carry with them.† regrettably, the negative aspects that minority childrens need to triumph over impact faculties greater than colleges may also help treatment those hazards.

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The Roots of a Racially Divided Society 31 The median in years of education for whites in 1950 was just under nine years. For nonwhites, the median was less than five years. This means that half of all the nonwhite adults in Louisiana had less than a fifth-grade education. Clearly, in the years before integration, blacks in Louisiana had very little formal education. If we take educational differences as at least a partial explanation of socioeconomic inequality in segregated Louisiana, we must then ask what produced those educational differences.

We point out that de facto segregation still characterizes public schools in Louisiana and that the black student population is growing steadily. To illustrate the dynamics of desegregation and resistance to it throughout the state, we present several short discussions of these issues in suburban, rural, and urban school districts. Again, our goal is to emphasize both the local character of school desegregation and the generalizable tendencies created by school desegregation. In all districts, black students are, on average, systematically disadvantaged socially and economically.

3. 92 Source: James S. S. Office of Education, 1966). The Roots of a Racially Divided Society 35 great moral drama of the Civil Rights era attested to qualities that existed in abundance among African Americans of the South. This drama continues to be compelling today because of the deep courage and profound wisdom displayed by its actors, many of whom were black teachers and students. Nevertheless, it should not be forgotten that the Civil Rights struggle was a response to a condition of imposed limitations and deprivations.

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