Posted by Damika Webb on March 23rd 2011
The solution to improving the education achievement gap of poor black and Hispanic public school students is right in front of us according to Bob Herbert in his March 21, 2011 op-ed, “Separate and Unequal”. Many years of research has shown that poor students who learn in schools with more affluent peers perform better than students in schools with a high concentration of poverty.
Herbert points out, and we agree that “residential patterns, housing discrimination, economic disparities and long-held custom” have resulted in too many schools that are legally segregated, but not economically, racially or ethically integrated. For some it is conversation avoided, but the future success of many children depend on it.