A Troubled Dream: The Promise and Failure of School by Carl L. Bankston

By Carl L. Bankston

Fifty years after Brown v. Board of schooling, the us nonetheless has a ways to visit reach actual integration of our instructional process. utilizing vast interviews and a wealth of statistical info, Bankston and Caldas research the failed desegregation efforts in Louisiana as a case examine to teach how desegregation has a similar unsuccessful development around the usa. robust supporters of the dream of integration, Bankston and Caldas exhibit that the sensible hassle with desegregation is that educational environments are created by way of the entire scholars in a faculty from the backgrounds that every one the scholars carry with them.† regrettably, the dangers that minority young ones need to triumph over impact colleges greater than colleges may also help treatment those dangers.

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2 gives some idea of the systematic denial of educational opportunity to black Louisianians in the school year 1950–51, when segregation was still the legally enforced norm. We have noted that oneteacher schools became common for blacks as Louisiana created its segregated educational system. S. Supreme Court ruled that segregated education was unconstitutional, over one-third of the black schools in Louisiana were still schools with only one teacher. Only 3% of the white schools were one-teacher institutions.

Though we consider ourselves Louisianians and graduated from the state’s public high schools, both of us have a somewhat unique perspective on Louisiana, fostered by years of living from one coast of the United States to the other, and residing collec- The Problem of Writing about Race 15 tively in Africa, Japan, Laos, Thailand, the Philippines, and Canada. Therefore, assuming (hopefully) that we have benefitted from our extensive exposure to other peoples and cultures, we cannot truly be characterized as typical “parochials” with the tunnel vision that parochialism can sometimes engender.

The existence of a separate black system of higher education did not ensure equal educational opportunities, even at the highest level. As we will see below, these institutions produced very few graduates. In addition, there have long been serious questions about the quality of education received in segregated colleges. Racial Inequality on the Eve of the Civil Rights Movement By the mid-twentieth century, Jim Crow laws mandated segregation in virtually every area of life in Louisiana and the other southern states.

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