With the happenings of “white flight,” unconstitutional school funding systems, the School-to-Prison Pipeline, the consequences of No Child Left Behind, Race to the Top, and anti-grassroots corporatized School Choice…the education community in the nation has arrived at a point of hostility toward diversity. Constantly, diversity within the school has become something that governmental and societal action actively discourages from happening, even when the benefits are far more beneficial than perceived risk conceived out of prejudice.
When education has a segregation problem, education also has a teaching and learning problem and it prevails as long as the former subsists. When children have a lack of diversity in the classroom and within communities, whether they are macro or micro communities, opportunities of learning about different cultures and communities do not occur, thus allowing for stereotypical, racist, sexist, classist, xenophobic, and nativism attitudes to perpetuate. Consequently they become ignorant to reality and susceptible to cultures of hate, misunderstanding, fear, and provocation, which cultivates communal ideology of other cultures and people that is negatively prejudicial in nature. When this occurs, schools become a dangerous place that assist in creating potentially dangerous youth who will enter society thinking it is acceptable to commit actions that are unjust in nature to other people who are different because of the lack of sameness.
Most surprisingly though, is that the lack of diversity in schools exist mostly within suburban and urban school districts and schools, with rural communities leading the way in cultivating the culture of diversity within their schools and communities. Although, this may have relation to the fact that rural education is something that receives very little attention from federal and state governments. Nonetheless, the issue is becoming something major in suburban communities quicker than in previous times. With suburban schools acting as the last frontier to hold back other populations and “protect” today’s youth from other cultures the problem becomes more dangerous because its repellent influence is money, which quality education prepares students to earn.
However, the most damming reality in this movement to stratify students by social indicators is that to a certain degree the school choice movement’s corporate sector and the lack of governmental action regarding ensuring the protection of civil rights in 2nd generation schools makes this possible. These schools perpetuate academic segregation in whatever communities they reside in without any effort to reduce subversive reaction simply because it caters to corporate goals. More, even when with instances of widespread segregation and diversity repellant practices are at play, school choice options have regulation far more inadequate than 1st generation public schools. Meaning henceforth, youth will flow into 2nd generation schools with far more inadequate safeguards than the former norm in schooling, therefore allowing segregationist practices to prevail, which allows for youth to have the idea that stratification is acceptable and that the consequence for it are dismal, if at all existent.
Conclusively, when diversity’s importance within education receives little investment, or acknowledgement, the future of education becomes less certain and the value of education becomes less. Education is only beneficial if its use is to combat the societal injustices of our time so that future generations can proceed in progressiveness. When education becomes the purveyor of ideologies that allow youth to harbor the idea that sameness is the key to quality education, than education has failed. Its failure is the measurement in which youth know and value the importance of connecting with and at minimal attempting to understand other people from other cultures. When education becomes the vehicle in perpetuating a message that “white [culture] is right,” it undermines the progressive stance in education entirely and it disembodies the importance of maladjustment. The fact that government inadequate response works in conspiracy with the societal desire of some to remain a country divided by differences by allowing for private industry to perpetuate that ideology in the pursuit of profit, is tantamount of educational abuse. Youth, especially in today’s society, where mobility is growing in ease, need to have the ability to work with people who are different while respecting the benefit of maladjustment can bring to society as a whole and to personal progress. Although, schools and school districts should not just strive for diversity in select populations, but it is important that diversity occurs in all populations, inside and outside of school, so that youth can feel comfortable working with other cultures in today’s society.