During the civil rights movement, there was an extreme effort to desegregate schools. Since the 1930’s the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People have argued, that separate is not equal and every child regardless of race deserves a first-class education (“School Segregation and Integration | Articles and Essays | Civil Rights History Project | Digital Collections | Library of Congress,” n.d.). Intelligence is the world’s ultimate weapon making education a constant war a privilege that many people would say not all individuals deserve. In my opinion, we should absolutely retain the right to education no matter race, creed, sex, or social class; and if not, what can we do about it? Integration of all races and social classes, also a quality education that is equal for all individuals is what America and our world deserve. In our society today the more fortified the mind the more powerful the weapon, and to able to utilize our minds to our maximum potential to show the world equality is possible. Diversity is no longer a luxury, but necessity helping our youthful minds of tomorrow get ready for the world they will encounter after high school, and increasingly, throughout their lives. In our society today, schools are failing to promote equality and social mobility.
Carson writes, “In these days, it is doubtful that any child may reasonably be expected to succeed in life if he is denied the opportunity of an education. Such an opportunity, where the state has undertaken to provide it, is a right which must be made available to all on equal terms”(p.225). Throughout our history, we’ve relied on the schools to be the answer to that. We’ve relied on our public schools to represent a place that we prepare students not only for academic success, but for citizenship, for participation in our rich civic life. Public schools have been the place where we prepare students not just to adapt to social and economic changes, but to assist the country toward a more successful future. Sadly, many years after Brown v. Board of Education we can still look across our country and see many schools and even neighborhoods that are more segregated by race, and by class, than they were ten or even twenty years ago. We can see our society often divided into the haves and have-nots, inhabiting separate countries almost. In our climate today, it’s easy to worry about if we’ve lost our way on the importance of diversity to the future of our country. Moreover, at this time we need to work jointly to promote all types of diversity within our academic system, not just of race, but of national origin, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, and creed. The decision in the Brown case made clears diverse schools benefit students of color and that segregation goes against the Constitution of the United States and all-American morals and values. Moreover, today, we know that diversity of all types benefits all students.
Undoubtedly, diversity qualities aren’t a comfort, but a need, not fair for a few understudies but for all understudies. The transformative control of differing qualities in instruction is gigantic; it boosts compassion and decreases predisposition. Expanding the opportunity that low-income understudies will go to college without compromising the scholarly results of their middle-class peers. Differing qualities moreover increments the probability understudies will succeed and ended up pioneers in their careers and communities. Uncover understudies to viewpoints moreover thoughts that broaden their worldviews. Victory nowadays requires acing the craftsmanship of working profitably with people whose encounters are distinctive from your claim.
Second, our kids need to be ready for a more established world with more fiber-optics and fewer fences. Children wish to grow up to work at Google, Facebook, or create video games, they better be able to relate to people around the world as well as knowing how to code. Our duty is not to repeat history but make history. Furthermore, no amount of wishing for a different time will change the fact that our world is becoming more interconnected. America’s students are the best-positioned in the world to thrive in it, to lead it to seize maximum advantage of it. Demand diversity, not just in schools, but within the classrooms within those schools. Diversity requires students to learn alongside one another. Children, benefit if they learn from and are guided by a variety of adults with unique experiences and perspectives. A more diverse teaching workforce. We must work to do to promote the kind of diversity that reflects our American values. Rose (2011) states, “The stakes go beyond the economics to the basic civic question: What kind of Society do we want to become?”(p.195). Promote and support socio-economic and racial diversity, creating real economic mobility and provide access to opportunities for every child in every community. Strategies to increase socioeconomic diversity in America’s public schools.
In conclusion, should we absolutely retain the right to education no matter race, creed, social class or sex, to be able to utilize our minds to our maximum potential because diversity is no longer a luxury, but necessity helping our students get ready for the world they will encounter after high school and, increasingly, throughout their lives. Bazelon (2008) speaks of Justice Breyer expressing a quote from former Justice Thurgood Marshall: ‘Unless our children begin to learn together, there is little hope that our people will ever learn to live together’ (p.210). For the sake of our country, communities, and of course our children, we cannot accept no for an answer, but make our mission to be for a broader definition of the public school making it a greater school for all. One that works and grows with the needs of today, embracing the abundances of our diversity making it our forever reality. Our country is strongest when we live and learn together, and without diversity we are weak. We can achieve diversity in schools and make it a reality, not just a dream, and we can make it happen together.
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