Resegregation of schools in the US has been making news since quite some time. Mostly because of the demographic composition, the developed state is facing this problem. Being a multi racial culture there are several issues that crop again and again that may or may not get equal opportunities to the citizens, irrespective of their rights. And now, schools too are facing the same problem. However, it is important to pay attention to the actual state of affairs and one should not reach to any conclusion merely because of media hype.
As per the report issued by GAO i.e. the U.S. Government Accountability Office, it has been found that there has been an increase among the percentage of US schools in between the years 2000 and 2013 with somewhat high percentages of minor, Black and Hispanic students. Moreover, it was also stated that resegregated schools offer less number of courses to the students as compared to those schools that serve students who fall under low income group or the minor students. Not only that, the percentage of suspending students and at times, expelling or holding back students of ninth grade are very high.
Whatever the actuality is, one thing is sure; students are likely to get affected in terms of quality education and various other privileges for sure, especially the ones with low income groups and those who comes under minority. Some of the findings received after conducting several surveys have put forward important information. It would be wise to ignore the false interpretation of what media people have to say. Measuring segregation in a proper way by using appropriate methods can help to have a clear picture of the reality therein.
First and the foremost thing that needs to be given consideration is that, segregation is a serious thing, especially in education. The point is not what is happening actually, the point is – What meaning one should derive from the report published by GAO, for it is common even for an outsider to tell that US being a habitat of multi ethnic population is and must be facing a problem of segregation.
As per some of the core findings, there has been a considerable increase in serving Black and Hispanic students for a very long time, especially between the period 2000 and 2013. From this, one can conclude that a large number of schools in the US have been serving minority students but this doesn’t necessarily mean “resegregation”. There has been an increase in the number of minority students and so in the number of schools for such students, nationally. Also the various methods used to measure resegregation need to be classified properly. Either way, the problem cannot be addressed.