Public Education: Funding based Upon Race Essay

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Public Education: Funding based Upon Race

Education…beyond all other devices of human origin, is a great equalizer of the conditions of men—the balance wheel of the social machinery. I do not here mean that it so elevates the moral nature as to make men disdain and abhor the oppression of their fellow men…But I mean that it gives each man the independence and the means by which he can resist the selfishness of other men. It does better than to disarm the poor of their hostility toward the rich: it prevents being poor. –Horace Mann, 1848

Public education in the United States is exalted as the “great equalizer.” This utopian concept would be true if the education provided to all citizens was equal. Unfortunately, the dueling
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To separate [Black students] from others of similar age and qualifications solely because of their race generates a feeling of inferiority as to their status in the community that may affect their hearts and minds in a way unlikely ever to be undone.

In a subsequent hearing, the Court demanded that schools across the nation adhere to its ruling by desegregating schools with “all deliberate speed.” The ambiguity of this phrase provided a loophole that allowed many districts to stall desegregation for several years and continue to operate in a way that fostered inequality between the races.

Today—nearly fifty years after the Brown decision—explicit endorsements of school segregation have been erased from all state and federal laws, yet the faces of American schools remain eerily similar to those of the 1950s. Current funding inequalities between poor and wealthy districts perpetuate the same inequalities between the races that state-sponsored segregation once did.

Although the state no longer condones explicit racial segregation, schools are still highly segregated. Minorities tend to live in relatively
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