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The required reading that was due for this week discussed the court case of Brown v Board of Education and the policy it created in order to help desegregate schools. In 1954, the Supreme Court passed this act that declared segregated schools to be unconstitutional. This means that racial segregation in public schools would not be tolerated and things would need to be changed. The problem was that not many people were too keen on this ruling so they decided to change the schools as slowly as possible. The article then goes on to talk about all the problems that people found with the court ruling and how the school boards would effectively change the system that was already in place. The article continues its argument by talking about the 14th amendment and how that prompted the other court case of Plessy v Fergeson and how the phrase “separate but equal” came into history. Continuing down the article, it discusses the reaction of the people and how the many court cases that had to deal with segregation affected history which prompted my interest of if it still does affect history in today’s society. I decided to start researching if there was still modern day segregation problems and I came across an article written by the Atlantic. The article is called Modern-Day Segregation in Public Schools and the article talks about how the world is still dealing with Brown v Board of Education sixty years later. The article begins by talking about how all parents think that their child is gifted and therefore should be in a class that is designated to those who are gifted. Parents will pay more to make sure that their children get the best of the best when it comes to education and that means sending them to a higher priced school where there are more resources. That, or they are adamant that their children are placed in advanced placement or AP classes. Then the article goes on to talk about the achievement gap that researchers tend to find in schools that have AP classes. Further down in the article, the author talks about the problems with segregation again and how minorities, despite what their social class is, tends to get lumped down with the bottom class. Racial distribution in classes meant that black students were underrepresented in higher- level classes. This shows that racial segregation, though not as severe as it was in the 1950’s still is prominant in the public school systems. Research on this topic found that schools that serve more students of color are less likely to have advanced placement classes in the first place, therefore severely damaging the students who do deserve to be in higher classes. After reading this article, it is very clear that discrimination and racial segregation still exists in modern day public schools and is still very much a problem, despite the fact that people still allows for this to happen.

Sonali Kohli, Quartz. “Modern-Day Segregation in Public Schools.” The Atlantic, Atlantic Media Company, 21 Nov. 2014, http://www.theatlantic.com/education/archive/2014/11/modern-day-segregation-in-public-schools/382846/.

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