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Fifty years ago this month, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that segregation in public schooling was unconstitutional. A half century later, public schools are desegregated, but the ideal of equal opportunities for all and a fair, integrated society have not been fully realized. How do we keep the dream of equality alive?

click to enlarge Angelica Patterson  -  -  Security -  - Teachers aide, School for the Deaf and the Blind   -  - What are your thoughts on the 50th anniversary of Brown vs. Board? Education has progressed positively and it's good that everyone can get and is entitled to an education. I'm glad segregation is over. -  - How far do you think we have come since then? We have a long way to go, but we've come a long way. -  - Why on average do minority students score lower than whites? Some of it is social economics; some is just generational. In my family, I was the first one to graduate from high school. It wasn't a priority in my family, but it was more of a priority for me and my kids. -  - What do we need to do to level the playing field? Working more closely in the home. A lot of times parents don't realize how important a college education is.

  • Angelica Patterson


    Security

    Teachers aide, School for the Deaf and the Blind

    What are your thoughts on the 50th anniversary of Brown vs. Board? Education has progressed positively and it's good that everyone can get and is entitled to an education. I'm glad segregation is over.

    How far do you think we have come since then? We have a long way to go, but we've come a long way.

    Why on average do minority students score lower than whites? Some of it is social economics; some is just generational. In my family, I was the first one to graduate from high school. It wasn't a priority in my family, but it was more of a priority for me and my kids.

    What do we need to do to level the playing field? Working more closely in the home. A lot of times parents don't realize how important a college education is.

click to enlarge Carlton Shey  -  -  Downtown    Unemployed teacher -  -  -  - What are your thoughts on the 50th anniversary of Brown vs. Board? I think it was better 50 years ago. -  - How far do you think we have come since then? Not very far -- we're just going round in circles. Look at that guy, [Sen.] Strom Thurmond who died recently. He believed in segregation and he preached racism, but he leaves behind a black girl. -  - Why on average do minority students score lower than whites? I'll give you an example. When I taught "C" class students, I didn't want "A" class students in my class. The "C" class students get confused. It is much better people stay within their groups.  -  - What do we need to do to level the playing field? They should make it more equal in terms of opportunity. So that an "A" student has the same chance as a "C" student. Just give them a chance.
  • Carlton Shey

    Downtown

    Unemployed teacher

    What are your thoughts on the 50th anniversary of Brown vs. Board? I think it was better 50 years ago.

    How far do you think we have come since then? Not very far -- we're just going round in circles. Look at that guy, [Sen.] Strom Thurmond who died recently. He believed in segregation and he preached racism, but he leaves behind a black girl.

    Why on average do minority students score lower than whites? I'll give you an example. When I taught "C" class students, I didn't want "A" class students in my class. The "C" class students get confused. It is much better people stay within their groups.

    What do we need to do to level the playing field? They should make it more equal in terms of opportunity. So that an "A" student has the same chance as a "C" student. Just give them a chance.

click to enlarge Chris Brandenburg  -  - West Side -  - Commercial moving company owner -  -  -  - What are your thoughts on the 50th anniversary of Brown vs. Board? I definitely agree with desegregation. -  - How far do you think we have come since then? On the surface things look good, but I am still amazed that in some places racial issues are still there. -  - Why on average do minority students score lower than whites? I have no idea. I have kids of my own and I think that it has a lot to do with the parents and not a racial issue. -  - What do we need to do to level the playing field? They are doing a lot and have done a lot. They've done a lot helping [minorities] get into colleges, which is great as a lot of [colleges] are strongly white, but as to anything more, I don't know.
  • Chris Brandenburg

    West Side

    Commercial moving company owner

    What are your thoughts on the 50th anniversary of Brown vs. Board? I definitely agree with desegregation.

    How far do you think we have come since then? On the surface things look good, but I am still amazed that in some places racial issues are still there.

    Why on average do minority students score lower than whites? I have no idea. I have kids of my own and I think that it has a lot to do with the parents and not a racial issue.

    What do we need to do to level the playing field? They are doing a lot and have done a lot. They've done a lot helping [minorities] get into colleges, which is great as a lot of [colleges] are strongly white, but as to anything more, I don't know.

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