American Schools Are Failing For Minority Students

1025 Words Apr 5th, 2015 5 Pages
The idea that American schools are failing is not a new one, but it is an idea that is extremely widespread. There are constant news reports claiming that our schools are worse than ever and Congress has passed extensive legislation such as No Child Left behind in an attempt to fix the American educational system. Some people believe that American schools are not completely failing, but only failing for minority students. Reforms like mandatory busing, vouchers, charter schools, accountability, and high-stakes testing have been proposed to address these social inequalities. Despite the intentions of these policies, they have not always helped close the social inequality gap.
Mandatory busing was a reform started in the 1970s to desegregate schools. Mandatory busing attempted to solve social inequalities by taking students from poor neighborhoods and placing them in schools from richer neighborhood and placing students from richer neighborhoods into schools in poorer neighborhoods. The idea behind mandatory busing was that if all the students were equally mixed between all the schools, they would all receive an equal education. Mandatory busing did not work as well as it was hoped. Students were now stuck on buses for long periods of each day, a fact that many parents took an issue with. Many of the better off families began to take their children out of the public school system leaving behind students who were less likely to succeed. Another issue was that inside of…
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