Relationship between a Higher Education Degree and Success for Minorities

2096 WordsJan 25, 20188 Pages
“The experiment is to be tried, whether the highest education can be given to the masses; whether the children of the whole people can be educated; and whether an institution of learning, of the highest grade, can be successfully controlled by the popular will, not by the privileged few, but by the privileged many” (qtd. in “Changing the Odds” 4) . The United States began as a country where people came to find life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Through out the historical evolution of the American paradigm of what came to be known as the American dream ( C. de Baca), this country has had to overcome racism, slavery, prejudice and discrimination against it’s own citizens. Although the country has come a very long way since slavery and the Jim Crow laws, equality is still not equal and the solution to these problems are lost in the vast depths of endless inequalities within it. The access to higher education was once a privilege and not a right and that has now changed, yet the question remains of whether or not access to higher education for low income, so called, minority groups is indeed a guaranteed escape from poverty for them and for their future generations. According to Lavin, the 1954 case of Brown v. Board of Education which ended the segregation of schools , was the beginning of change in the U.S. for equal access to education by all U.S. citizens including those categorized as minority groups. The previously held theory, before Brown v. Board of
Open Document