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Desegregation in Schools
Transcript of Desegregation in Schools
1. Read the section that starts with, “Such dilatory and delaying tactics.” Why do you think that after an entire decade (a 10 year period), only 2.3% of African American students attended integrated schools?
2. In the section, “Continuing challenges to equal education opportunity,” it explains that minority students are assigned special education programs and majority students are assigned to gifted and talented programs. Think about your classroom, school and peers. If you were to create a special program, would race be a reason of who gets into the program? Why or why not? Why do you think that more majority students are in gifted and talented programs?
3. Compare and contrast your school to what this article says about the fact that desegregation was supposed to end “separate by equal.” (Refer to the top 3 paragraphs in the article. Do you feel as though any aspect of your school is segregated or is everyone treated as equals?
1. After reading the definition, what does desegregation mean to you?
2. Would you define desegregation differently than this definition does?
3. Is it a good thing that schools are desegregated? Why or why not?
1. Why do you think Sarah
Richardson decided to write this
2. How do you think the rest of Little Rock, Arkansas responded to schools being desegregated?
3. How would you feel about
writing a letter to the president
in favor of something you
1. What time period do you think this photo is from?
2. What do you think the students are working on?
3. Do you think these students discuss how there are more than one type people in the class?
1. What kind of people do you see in the background?
2. What are they holding and why?
3. What do you think the feelings of these two people are?
Desegregation in Schools
1. What are the students doing in this
2. What do you notice about the photo?
3. What region of the country do
you think this photo is taking place?
Northeast, Southeast, Midwest, West,
Northwest or Southwest?
1. What do the yellow and green sections represent?
2. Do you think that a segregation-desegregation map would look different today?
3. Why do you think some states have more green or yellow than other states?
1. Compare this map to source 7, what do you think the likeliness that a black student has a white classmate in the segregated states?
2. Why do you think that there are places that a black student would NOT have a white classmate?
3. How does this map make you feel?
4. Did you realize that in some places it would be less than a 10% chance that a black student would have a white student in the same classroom?
1. Based on this article, why do you think some states are more segregated than others?
2. What does the quote, “simply sitting next to a white student does not guarantee better educational outcomes for students of color,” mean to you?
3. What other reasons are there that schools are still segregated today?
1. Do you agree with what the 9 students did?
2. How would you feel if you were one of the
students at this school?
3. Why do you think there isn’t a school
named after Orval Faubus?
Watch the video (it's only 3 minute) and then answer the following questions.
1. What do you think housing segregation means?
2. Does housing seem to have a big impact on the population of schools?
3. Find the paragraph that starts with, “But this understates the extent.” Why do you think that in 2011, 40% of black students were attending schools with 90% of minority students?
4. What do you think this article tells us about how schools are desegregated today?
1. Why is one woman taking a picture of the other women?
2. What do you think their posters mean?
3. Do you think they are celebrating Brown vs. Board of Education or are they showing that more work needs to be done for the desegregation of schools?