5 Special Things Black People Lost When Schools Were Integrated After Brown v. Board of Education Decision


 Washington, D.C., March 1942, science class in a black high school

Answers to the Black-White Achievement Gap

Brown’s most profound irony may be that answers to closing the achievement gap lie buried in the history of the schools that Brown’s implementation destroyed. What are the answers? Dedicated teachers. Strong principals. Order. Discipline. High expectations. Community and parental support. It is astonishing how many Black children attended schools during segregation that delivered on these objectives, and how few do so now.

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