Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Derek Black in Education Week: Why Integration Matters in Schools

Education Law Prof Blog co-editor Derek Black has written a commentary that is part of in Education Week's Brown at 60: New Diversity, Familiar Disparities series. In his piece, Black discusses why integration still matters for all students at a time when the Supreme Court and society are less inclined to support remedial solutions. In his commentary, Why Integration Matters in Schools, Black points out the benefits of integration for non-minorities:

Too often, the conversation around integration focuses exclusively on the benefits for poor and minority communities. However, integration holds substantial benefits for middle-income and white students as well. First, integrated schools improve critical thinking. In diverse environments, students are faced with new and varied perspectives and forced to think through their own or new positions more carefully, which improves their critical-thinking skills. Second, integrated schools better prepare students to navigate the multicultural world and global economy they will face upon graduation.

On these two metrics, whites are seriously disadvantaged. Data indicate that, to the surprise of many, whites are actually the most racially isolated student group in the nation (see charts, Page 31). Research demonstrates that this isolation ill prepares them for the future. Major corporations make this point even more concretely in briefs before the U.S. Supreme Court. They attest that they want graduates who are prepared to work in multicultural environments. Integrated schools produce these students.

In other words, white families who are concerned about long-term competitiveness need integrated schools as much as anyone.

Read more of Derek Black's commentary at Education Week here.

http://lawprofessors.typepad.com/education_law/2014/05/derek-black-in-education-week-why-integration-matters-in-schools.html

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Derek's commentary on integration is concise but thorough. Too bad it is accessible only in the "subscriber only" section of Education Week, because it is an excellent summary of the harms of segregation and the benefits of integration. He points out the often overlooked benefits of integration to white students, which are critical to point out because this group must "buy-in" for meaningful integration to be achieved.

Posted by: Rob Garda | May 16, 2014 10:47:02 AM

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