Cultural and Ethnic Studies

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Part1: Read the following Frontline article titled “The Return of School Segregation in Eight Charts” by Jason M. Breslow and answer the following questions:
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/frontline/article/the-return-of-school-segregation-in-eight-charts/
1. Did you complete your high school education in a school that was racially or ethnically diverse? Describe why you think this was the case, (even if you were home-schooled!).
2. From Chart #5, describe how the typical classroom looks for a White student in the United States compared to a typical classroom for a Black or Latino student. In your opinion, what is the main reason to explain this significant difference?
3. Of the Eight Charts that were described, which of them did you find most surprising? For the chart that you chose, describe how the data that it describes relates to the issue of segregation from Chapter 4 of your textbook. Especially in the Columbus area, (as well as the rest of Ohio) we have seen a dramatic increase over the last 20 years in the amount of schools that operate independently of state public schools, (and are sometimes privately owned) but still receive state money to educate our children. These schools are known as charter schools. Read the following 2014 article from the Columbus Dispatch describing the role that charter schools play in school segregation, and answer the questions that follow:

Part2: 1. According to the article, do charter schools help or hinder racial/ethnic integration in Columbus schools? Explain why or why not. Of all the facts and figures presented in the article, which two stood out to you as the most surprising issues with Columbus charter schools? Briefly explain why.
2. Using Chapters 3 and 4 of your textbook, list and describe 3 terms, concepts, or conditions that you think apply to the situation with charter schools in Columbus. For each item, explain why this relates to the article.

 

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