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Reply to "The Effect of Public Schools on Our Kids"

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Originally posted by The_Congo:
After experiencing our first child going from Kindergarten through fifth grade at a public school (meeting both "White Trash" and "negroified" children...Though discipline does start at home, sending them into an unhealthy environment (my opinion is public schools are, in general, unhealthy) helps defeat your objectives.


Because public schools are largely funded by property taxes, the quality of a school has little to do with the type of children who attend and everything to do with the neighborhood in which the school is located. If a public is located in an affluent community where the residents pay high property taxes, then the school environment will be better than the public school that is located in a poverty-striken community. Thus, what you really want to shield your children away from is poverty, not "negrofied/white trash." Jonathan Kozol (1991), author of the book Savage Inequalities blames funding public schools with property taxes for contributing towards the widening academic achievement gap between affluent Whites and Black and Latino minorities. Kozol (1991) says that because many Blacks and Latinos cannot afford to live in affluent school districts, they get the worse public education and consequently are denied access into mainstream society. He believes that it is a system that works very hard to keep minorities at the bottom of American society. Sadly, African Americans who do finally manage to reach the surface of America's social and economic success tend to abandon urban communities for "greener pastures" (affluent suburbs), taking their resources with them. Rather than stay to improve the schools and communities where Black people are the majority population, they insult and blame the people who stay behind for being too "negrofied" to achieve "like they did." Some feel that kind of attitude is what is also responsible for preventing African Americans from helping themselves achieve.

Other Book References:
Jothan Kozol(1995) The Shame of A Nation: The Restoration of Apartheid Schooling In America.
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