A Troubled Dream: The Promise and Failure of School by Carl L. Bankston

By Carl L. Bankston

Fifty years after Brown v. Board of schooling, the us nonetheless has a ways to visit reach precise integration of our academic process. utilizing large interviews and a wealth of statistical info, Bankston and Caldas learn the failed desegregation efforts in Louisiana as a case research to teach how desegregation has an identical unsuccessful trend around the usa. robust supporters of the dream of integration, Bankston and Caldas exhibit that the sensible trouble with desegregation is that educational environments are created via the entire scholars in a faculty from the backgrounds that every one the scholars carry with them.† regrettably, the negative aspects that minority youngsters need to conquer have an effect on faculties greater than colleges may help treatment those hazards.

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We select the Orleans school district, the East Baton Rouge school district, and the Lafayette school district as localities that exemplify three stages in the process of desegregation. 1. Note that where we provide counts and percentages of white students in our analyses, these figures actually represent “nonblack” unless we specifically state otherwise. We refer to nonblacks as “whites” is because of the demographic makeup of the state and because of how the state has reported race over time.

As overall school qual- 12 A Troubled Dream ity appears to decline in a school system, the number of “good schools” becomes smaller, and these schools become more intensely sought by parents in the system from relatively advantaged backgrounds. As we will see throughout the districts that we examine here, magnet schools, honors programs, and foreign language immersion programs frequently become desperately sought commodities in school districts in which minority students predominate. Thus, in New Orleans, for example, over 90% of the students are black, and the small proportion of white students remaining in the district are largely clustered in very few schools.

Martin Parish, where Catholic churches and public high school proms are still segregated by race, pointed out a bar in rural Cecilia where blacks still enter by the back door. 16 A reporter for the St. Martin Parish weekly newspaper Teche News told us that St. Martinville, the parish seat of St. Martin Parish, was a backwater, “a throwback to plantation days,” where racial attitudes were very hardened and traditional, and not necessarily overt or obvious to the casual visitor. 17 The reporter pointed out that there had not been an election for city council in St.

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