Tarry for the Nonce

November 7, 2005

Is Rosa Parks Rolling Over In Her Grave?

Filed under: News — lmwalker @ 11:43 am

Does anyone know if Urban Prep Charter Academy for Young Men is being touted specifically as a “school for black teenagers?”

The Urban Prep Charter Academy for Young Men must be approved by the Board of Education this month, the Chicago Tribune reported . . .

Urban Prep would be located inside Englewood High School. Backers say it is aimed at a group that has the lowest graduation rate of any in the city.

Is segregation somehow in vogue?



  1. That’s a should/would argument. Ideally, all schools should be socioeconomically integrated but the reality is anything but that. L.A. has some similar schools as does New York City and the goal is essentially to break the cycle of poverty by creating college preparatory schools with a culture of high expectations. Sometimes I’m amazed by how much that culture of high expectations had to do with it, because students really do tend to judge themselves in terms of their immediate peers rather than in absolute terms.

    Comment by Matt — November 7, 2005 @ 1:31 pm

  2. Yes they are teenagers and yes they rarely see the “bigger picture” but still, what’s the point? what makes them think that putting them with other people of their color will suddenly turn them into masterminded star students? sorry but it’s just a bit silly sounding, even though there are schools around the World like this.

    Comment by Alistair A. — November 8, 2005 @ 8:36 am

  3. Segregation, I think, is the unfortunate reality of human nature because people simply choose to be around those who are like them, however they specifically define that. Even in integrated schools, students often segregate themselves and it’s not pretty to see.

    What’s really important about this is that there are plenty of really bright kids growing up in the inner city who are not in an environment where achievement is encouraged, respected, and rewarded. Kids being kids they’ll develop their role models based upon what they see as a model of success and in the inner city, they’re not looking to Bill Gates, Warren Buffett, or Colin Powell, they’re looking often looking to the thug on the street corner. I think that we as white people have absolutely no appreciation whatsoever for the incredible power of having strong, highly successful African American role models like Colin Powell, Condi Rice, and Rod Paige, who have succeeded not because of athletic talent but because of their intellect and integrity, and who therefore provide powerful role models to African American kids growing up who otherwise are disproportionately given horrible schools and little chance of success, not to mention any encouragement should they choose to pursue that path. This is where education is not only book learning, but it’s also socialization, and personally I think that this is one case where we should choose to set aside political correctness and go with what works regardless of the ideology from which it comes.

    Comment by Matt — November 8, 2005 @ 1:23 pm

  4. I think that we as white people have absolutely no appreciation whatsoever . . .

    I appreciate what you are trying to say, but I think that such assumptions are exacerbating the problem.

    Whether you are black, white, Jewish, Muslim, Catholic, Protestant, rich, poor, etc. – if we start from a point of separation, a gulf has already been created between “us” and “them.”

    Comment by laura — November 8, 2005 @ 2:56 pm

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