Wednesday, June 12, 2019
How Will The City Integrate The Schools Without Losing The Middle Class?
According to Mayor Bill de Blasio and Chancellor Richard Carranza, the City is on track to integrate the public schools. The student demographics and geography tell me that is an impossible task.
The City public schools are 70% Black and Hispanic and only 15% White. How can you integrate the schools with so few White students? Even if you included East Asian students, it only adds up to 25% of the public school cohort. Moreover, I highly doubt the majority of middle class families will allow their elementary and middle school students to travel long distances into poor neighborhoods and poorly performing schools to achieve some semblance of integration. Finally, the City has no control of the family environment, where many students are homeless, without a father, and financially insecure which affects student learning. This doesn't take into account the geographic isolation of many of the racial cohorts.
A retired middle school reading teacher wrote an article in the New York Post showing the racial disparity of different cohorts and according to the 2017 State test in Math,the racial breakdown for students who achieved the highest scores (level 4) was as follows. Asians (52%), Whites (28%), Hispanics (17%), and Blacks (6%). Why is there such a disparity between racial cohorts?
To me, the reason is that many of the inner city schools have a weak academic curriculum and lack student discipline to achieve a peaceful classroom that is necessary to improve education. Further, peer pressure in the middle class and East Asian community to excel in school is just the opposite of the peer pressure in the poor, minority schools that think education is for nerds. No wonder there is a wide achievement gap between the racial cohorts.
Good luck integrating the schools without addressing the social-economic problems in the communities that the schools are located in.