reply to post by polarwarrior
Yes, it works both ways... black children in predominately white failing schools are in the same boat. It is true, from what I understand, that most
of the failing schools are predominately black, but that does not equate to them being underfunded. They are also predominately poor, and public
schools in Alabama who serve poor communities get the lion's share of the money. Money is in large part allocated based on how many children in
attendance are on some form of government support.
Which brings up the question: why are the schools with the most money failing?
I'm blaming desegregation, yes, because it is desegregation that is now preventing children from getting a quality education. It's not about black
or white any more. It's about a failed Federal government that is preventing improvement in schools through outdated and antiquated laws.
Desegregation was necessary at one time, especially in the South; there was so much anger and hatred left over from the Civil War aimed at blacks that
it took Federal laws to ensure that everyone had a fair chance. But those days are gone, especially in Huntsville. I start UAH in the fall, and in the
admissions office there is a world map with push pins in areas where students actively enrolled are from... and it is FULL of push pins! every country
I can think of (and some I don't normally think of) is represented. If you walk through Huntsville on any day, you will see a mix of European,
African, Carribean, Asian... it truly is a gigantic melting pot. Huntsville is home to Redstone Arsenal, NASA, the Space and Rocket Center, Boeing,
Chrysler, Wyle Labs, McDonald Douglass, SCI, and quite a few other technological giants. It is not a backwoods rendition of the movie
, and it didn't grow to such success by limiting people on the basis of something as silly as race.
I will agree that the failing education system is at primary fault... but it is the Federal laws that are preventing that from being fixed. At least
the state is trying to find a solution.
So why can white kids also not move to better schools? Remember that these are POOR white kids, because the problem is that the parents can't afford
public school even with the tax rebate.
I'm saying isn't it time we get race out of the way so we can move ahead? Or is a long-forgotten and oft-misrepresented era in our history more
important than our future?
BTW, I am sorry you can't see the video... the part about the conflict between the state and desegregation is in it and not in the written text. I
came across this story watching the evening news, and all that was available on the website was the video. I included the link to the text article
because I hate video-only stories too.