The fact is though, that back in the 40's and 50's during the time that segregation was the norm, the black kids really weren't getting an inferior education. Thomas Sowell has written extensively about this. He was educated in inner city New York and has gone back to thoroughly research and evaluate the education in his all black school compared to the nearby all white school. He said in different years the 'white' school turned in a slightly better performance than the 'black' school when the next year the 'black' school would be on top. But it was obvious that the kids in both were receiving comparable educations. He himself received an education sufficient to allow him to compete with anybody anywhere.
Originally Posted by justabubba
He went on to do extensive research and has written much on the subject. One excerpt:
. . . .While there are examples of schools where this happens in our own time-- both public and private, secular and religious-- we can also go back nearly a hundred years and find the same phenomenon. Back in 1899, in Washington, D. C., there were four academic public high schools-- one black and three white.1 In standardized tests given that year, students in the black high school averaged higher test scores than students in two of the three white high schools.
This was not a fluke. It so happens that I have followed 85 years of the history of this black high school-- from 1870 to 1955 --and found it repeatedly equaling or exceeding national norms on standardized tests. In the 1890s, it was called The M Street School and after 1916 it was renamed Dunbar High School but its academic performances on standardized tests remained good on into the mid-1950s. . . .
Thomas Sowell - "The Education of Minority Children"
Further Sowell and others have meticulously documented how black people were the most rapidly advancing demographic in the country, academically, financially, professionally, right up to the time of the Great Society initiatives. Paraphrasing his extensive remarks on the subject: It was only after sometimes brutally enforced desegregation and the government's declaration of black people, and the government's declaration of black people as 'disadvantaged', etc. that such progress stalled and in many cases began to reverse itself.
And now we have one-size-fits-all schools that are managing to adequately educate only a select few who are the exceptions rather than the rule. We can do better. Homeschooling is sometimes the ONLY viable option for parents who care that their children receive the best education available.