"A child's learning is the function more of the characteristics of his classmates than those of the teacher." James Coleman, 1972

. . .a pupil attitude factor, which appears to have a stronger relationship to achievement than do all the “school” factors together, is the extent to which an individual feels that he has some control over his own destiny. James Coleman, 1966

Sunday, March 14, 2010

The Racial Caste System of America

From Democracy Now, Part I:
A new book by legal scholar and civil rights advocate Michelle Alexander argues that although Jim Crow laws have been eliminated, the racial caste system it set up was not eradicated. It’s simply been redesigned, and now racial control functions through the criminal justice system.

1 comment:

  1. Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes!

    Thus we have the "incarcerated class," first coined by Tony Waters, a professor at CSU Chico.

    Fast forward a decade or two.

    The schools that contain the children of the above mentioned class were once known as "traditional public schools." The children of the non-incarcerated lower class now exclusively attends private or publicly-funded private (= charter) schools.

    It's a variation of the brown paper bag test, and who's better than who.