By Carl L. Bankston

ISBN-10: 0585407851

ISBN-13: 9780585407852

ISBN-10: 0826513883

ISBN-13: 9780826513885

Fifty years after Brown v. Board of schooling, the U.S. nonetheless has far to visit reach precise integration of our instructional approach. utilizing large interviews and a wealth of statistical info, Bankston and Caldas study the failed desegregation efforts in Louisiana as a case learn to teach how desegregation has an analogous unsuccessful development around the usa. powerful supporters of the dream of integration, Bankston and Caldas convey that the sensible trouble with desegregation is that educational environments are created by means of the entire scholars in a faculty from the backgrounds that each one the scholars convey with them.† regrettably, the dangers that minority childrens need to triumph over have an effect on faculties greater than colleges may help therapy those negative aspects.

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Half of all black adults had less than a fifth-grade education, and black high school graduates were rare. This meant that there were few role models who could communicate the skills or habits needed for upward mobility, even if the Jim Crow system were dismantled. Black schools not only had fewer resources, but by most objective measures, they had less educationally prepared teachers. Many of these teachers may have been admirable people, capable of passing on valuable lessons to their students, but the teachers were themselves products of Louisiana’s separate and unequal system of training people for participation in the state’s society and economy.

In this book, concerning ourselves with a single state, Louisiana, has enabled us to martial a wide variety of both quantitative and qualitative sources of evidence. Since we are both from this state and have worked for years in its educational system, we are also able to draw on literally decades of fieldwork and personal observations. We have made use of a wide variety of statistical sources in our scrutiny of school desegregation and its consequences. By compiling data on the state and on selected school districts published in the Louisiana Department of Education’s Annual Financial and Statistical Report from 1965 through 2000, we have been able to look at trends over a thirty-five-year period, during which most of the desegregation struggles took place.

One advantage of looking closely at Lafayette is that it provides us with an opportunity to see to what extent the trends that we have noted in New Orleans and Baton Rouge are big-city trends. Another advantage, as we point out, is that Lafayette is, in a sense, at the beginning stage in the desegregation 18 A Troubled Dream 1. Orleans 2. East Baton Rouge 3. 1. Orleans, East Baton Rouge, and Lafayette Parishes and School Districts process. The desegregation of schools in Louisiana largely began in New Orleans and it has now reached a logical impasse—the racial composition of most of the schools is essentially set because it is almost a one-race district.

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