FRONTLINE examines the growing divide in the American school system. On its face this can look like a racial divide, and certainly many racial minorities are found in the group of disadvantaged students. But more than race, this divide is primarily socio-economic. Poor kids of all walks are at greatest risk of growing segregation in our society. This is a complex issue with responsibility and accountability needed on all sides; but the more poor kids are left behind, the more vulnerable and weakened “we” the people.
Sixty years after the Supreme Court declared separate schools for black and white children unconstitutional, school segregation is making a comeback. Here is a direct video link.
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