A short documentary about Central High School in Alabama that was once one of America's segregation success stories. It provided equality along with academic and sporting success, it is evidence that integration works. These days, it is facing rapid desegregation and is one of the worst schools in Alabama. It highlights the fact that learning how to interact with those who are different to us is a valuable life skill.
This podcast is a two-part series by This American Life. It shares real life stories by everyday Americans and their experience with segregation in education. It prophesizes that there is one simple answer to the vast difference in standards in American schools - desegregation.
This is easier said than done, particularly in areas where diversity is lacking. However, until schools are fully integrated, the best we can do is ensure that students are aware of the cultures around them and the positive aspects they have to offer. This article offers a downloadable 'checklist' to give you some ideas and suggestions on how to promote equality amongst your students.
An interesting and informative article surrounding the historical features of desegregation. It is interesting to read from the perspective of a current teacher and understand how segregation seems to be once again rearing its head.
This is an insightful and realistic article. The suggestion that school performance and neighborhoods are linked is nothing new, but it's refreshing to see how this has been implemented in the real world. The ideas here can be used as a class discussion or debate - you may be surprised at your students' thoughts and ideas.