Racial Segregation in Schools the way Forward?

mpw

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http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/education/4326007.stm

...Trevor Phillips, head of the Commission for Racial Equality, suggested they might benefit from such a move, which had been tested in the United States...
I couldn't see this being discussed elsewhere in the forums but thought it might be of interest.

Does anybody think this would actually have been a good idea, and if so why?

Seemed doomed to failure when I first heard about it a few days ago.
 

Applespider

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Looking at it from its most positive angle, it may help Afro-Caribbean kids be more comfortable in the classroom, less disruptive and develop more self esteem. It's been shown in the past that girls and boys learn better in a segregated atmosphere in certain classes. Who's to say that different cultures don't learn better when separated in certain classes?

From its most negative angle, I can see exactly why this could be a disaster. Schools would have to be very careful that both 'white' and Afro-Caribbean' classes had teachers of the same standard to avoid charges of racism.

I'd think it was very important though to ensure that the school as a whole was fully integrated in its social activities and other classes
 

Blue Velvet

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What about kids of mixed parentage?
Does that mean getting into a ridiculous apartheid-type situation where if you're not quite dark enough, you're coloured?

What about the Afro-Carribean boys who are doing perfectly well at school?

Why not address the issue of children who are not fullfilling their potential through education rather than making it a race issue?
 

rainman::|:|

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This debate has hit the gay community as well, with the Harvey Milk school for gays/perceived gays (yeah, they do have straight people, but not many)... Should the protection and feelings of security take precedent over social integration? Can we force kids to be on the "front lines", so to speak? What would such a move do to the community, how might it alienate the population affected, and how are they treated now. Tough questions, but I'm glad they're at least exploring the options. While I doubt such segregation could ever be a long-term solution, it may be helpful in particular areas for short periods of time... then again, it may make things worse there... :confused:
 

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Blue Velvet said:
What about kids of mixed parentage?
Does that mean getting into a ridiculous apartheid-type situation where if you're not quite dark enough, you're coloured?

What about the Afro-Carribean boys who are doing perfectly well at school?

Why not address the issue of children who are not fullfilling their potential through education rather than making it a race issue?
Absoulutely. What about if there's a really bright Afro-Carribean boy in this hypothetical segregated class (a real possibility)? Does this kid get bumped into the "white" (goodness knows I hate that word - of European origin?) class - or is this an excuse just to separate.

In my opinion, its just lazy decision making. If kids aren't performing well, separate them into sets, where they can get specialised teaching to their ability - regardless of their gender, race etc. I still believe that part of this problem is exacerbated by the lack of school sports facilities causing problems for boys at school in particular.
 

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But Shahid Malik, chairman of the Labour Party's ethnic minority forum and a former CRE commissioner, said "many African-Caribbean people would feel it was a debate whose time had come".
Obviously the defeat of apartheid (for but one example) had no symbolic effect on this joker.
Speaking on BBC's Inside Out programme Mr Phillips had also suggested black fathers not living with their sons should be denied access to them if they refused to attend parents' evenings.
How is this a racial issue? There are plenty of bad white parents, too.
And he called for more male black teachers, tempting them with extra cash if necessary.
Equal opportunities my arse. If this goes through there should be outrage of the same calibre as if it were ethnicity-reversed.
 

PlaceofDis

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i thought that there was no such thing as race? unless of course you are defining it as different cultures.....in which case there would have to be a lot of schools created for each culture.....

there is nothing genetically different in people, just mindsets that are different and this would only re-enforce those mindsets, which aren't very good in my opinion in the first place.....
 

angelneo

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The first friend I meet when a 6 year old me first start going to school was an indian. He remained my best friend until we got separated to different schools 6 years later and we lost contact. I remembered asking him to teach me a few Tamil for conversational purpose which I can still recalled. I remembered I had a fun "arch-nemesis" relationship with one of my malay friend. I remembered that skin colour wasn't even an issue when I was that young, everyone looks the same to me. It wasn't until much later that I formed perception about different race. Why should we force segregation onto children at such an young age?
 

PlaceofDis

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iSaint said:
I think I'd rather see seperate male/female classrooms. Keep all the hormones seperated for awhile.
i went to an all boys catholic high school, and i think it helped some of us focus, but not all, it works well in some areas, but fails in others

a lot of the guys i went to school with ended up not being the best when it came to social interaction with girls, same with the girls who whent to all girls schools.....
 

crazytom

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iSaint said:
I think I'd rather see seperate male/female classrooms. Keep all the hormones seperated for awhile.
I have to agree with this! Help keep kids minds on what's important: learning, not impressing the opposite sex. I'd also promote some kind of uniform (blue pants/ white shirt + tie). It's crazy how many poor kids (of any race) come to school wearing a $300 pair of Air Jordan's when their family can't afford basic phone service.
 

PlaceofDis

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crazytom said:
I have to agree with this! Help keep kids minds on what's important: learning, not impressing the opposite sex. I'd also promote some kind of uniform (blue pants/ white shirt + tie). It's crazy how many poor kids (of any race) come to school wearing a $300 pair of Air Jordan's when their family can't afford basic phone service.
very true about the uniform, although i think a strict dress code would be sufficent. That way there is some leeway in what you get to wear, some self espression, that helps people develop themselves, but at the same times keeps things nice neat, and orderly

my hs for example had a dress code that said we had to have dress shoes, dress pants, and a collard shirt tucked in, belt if neccessary, no logos, cleanly shaven and hair style....
 

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PlaceofDis said:
i thought that there was no such thing as race? unless of course you are defining it as different cultures.....in which case there would have to be a lot of schools created for each culture.....

there is nothing genetically different in people, just mindsets that are different and this would only re-enforce those mindsets, which aren't very good in my opinion in the first place.....
Race as it is generally understood in modern times is really just some make-believe cooked up by 19th century bigoted protoanthropologists who couldn't quite get their heads around ethnic diversity, and so they decided to be racialists...and racists.

As far as trying to help anyone is concerned, you're better off looking at class -- throw race out the window and you're left with ethnicity (generally irrelevant for non-immigrants), social class (hard to measure), and economic class (relatively easy to measure). By what should we measure? The latter.

Rich people often, though by no means always, do better in school than poor people.
 

mpw

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Glad to see the general opinion from everyone is that this is a bad idea. I couldn’t believe it had been seriously suggested by anyone let alone someone in that position. I wonder if this story would have got more press if it was a white politician suggesting that all white classes would benefit the white children?

That’s not to say that the idea wouldn’t work, I think it probably would help any specific group to pass an exam if that group were separated and tutored in a specific way to meet their needs to pass a specific exam. But is that the idea of school exams?

I believe that everyone should be taught together using the same curriculum. I’d split classes by ability only so that slower learners don’t get left behind or quick learners sit waiting for the lesson to move on.
 

Lyle

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Blue Velvet said:
Why not address the issue of children who are not fullfilling their potential through education rather than making it a race issue?
I think that sums up my feelings on the issue, so I won't add to that.

I am a little curious about where this approach has been tested in the U.S. (as is claimed in the article).
 

camobag

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Implementing racial segregation would further the distinction between blacks and whites. That distinction would further racism. Forcing young white children to go to "white schools" and black children to theirs would send the message that blacks and whites are so different that they can't learn or work together. Imagine growing up in such a school. You don't have to look far, just in our history books (to paraphrase: "it didn't go well"). We are all Americans and humans and should send the message to the next generation that we are all in this together. Although we are different, that doesn't mean that we should have separate schools for black children and white children. Integrating schools was a great step for America and has made a direct blow to racism and should be continued to further a united, peaceful community.
 

crazytom

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camobag said:
<snip> Forcing young white children to go to "white schools" and black children to theirs would send the message that blacks and whites are so different that they can't learn or work together. Imagine growing up in such a school. </snip>
I live in a community that is just the opposite. There are geographical locations that have high concentrations of whites and blacks. The communities solution: spend mass amounts of money to bus kids all over the town to even out the racial profile of the schools. There's kids that live 2 blocks from a school (sometimes they WANT to attend that school) and they are being bussed 5 miles to another school just to make the politically correct happy....the way I see it, they're being forced to go to another school BECAUSE they're black or white. It's absurd.
 

camobag

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I live in a community that is just the opposite. There are geographical locations that have high concentrations of whites and blacks. The communities solution: spend mass amounts of money to bus kids all over the town to even out the racial profile of the schools. There's kids that live 2 blocks from a school (sometimes they WANT to attend that school) and they are being bussed 5 miles to another school just to make the politically correct happy....the way I see it, they're being forced to go to another school BECAUSE they're black or white. It's absurd.
You missed my point. My point was that children should not be forced to go to a school because of their race. I do not believe that if there is an all white school (by chance or just the makeup of the community) that the school district is inherently racist. A school district that does not allow children of a certain race into their school because of their race is unacceptable--which was the issue I was addressing. Politically correct or not, segregation on the basis of race is unacceptable.