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 us nonetheless has far to visit reach precise integration of our instructional procedure. utilizing broad interviews and a wealth of statistical details, Bankston and Caldas learn the failed desegregation efforts in Louisiana as a case examine to teach how desegregation has an identical unsuccessful trend 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 via all of the scholars in a college from the backgrounds that every one the scholars carry with them.† regrettably, the dangers that minority kids need to triumph over have an effect on colleges greater than faculties might help therapy those hazards.

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As we will discuss in Chapter 2, federal intervention for the sake of desegregation has largely taken the form of judicial involvement in local school districts. This means that even the involvement of the central government in this matter has had a highly localized character and can best be understood by focusing on specific localities. There are good theoretical reasons, then, for looking primarily at selected districts in a single state. There are also good practical reasons. As social scientists, one of our goals is to produce generalizations that are broadly, and perhaps even universally, applicable.

Where I sat on the bus didn’t bother me. ”14 An African American from Vermillion Parish remarked, “Whites and blacks were afraid of each other and really did not want to be around the other. ”15 Indeed, once firmly established, traditions die hard. The Roots of a Racially Divided Society 27 As recently as 1999, a French-speaking twenty-year-old white Cajun farmer in St. Martin Parish, where Catholic churches and public high school proms are still segregated by race, pointed out a bar in rural Cecilia where blacks still enter by the back door.

The value of school plant and equipment per pupil was over three and one-third times greater in the schools for whites. The black schools, disadvantaged in almost every measurable way, produced less than half as many graduates as a percentage of daily attendance. These numbers are cold reflections of the frustrated dreams and ambitions of human beings. Statistics are only indicators of the failure of the segregated school system to meet the needs of Louisiana’s minority population. Those who remember the system testify more vividly to this failure.

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