Diversity's delicate mix in Minnesota charter schools

  • Article by: Editorial Board , Star Tribune
  • Updated: October 10, 2013 - 10:35 PM

The state should encourage it, but not mandate it.

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snoozglezOct. 10, 1310:58 PM

If you start the schools with a racist intent then racism is what you get.

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educator1Oct. 10, 1311:14 PM

Thoughtful editorial. Senator B's idea is a good one. hope legislature listens.

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cav123Oct. 11, 1312:20 AM

In the South post-Brown and under desegregation orders (and in some places still to this day), private white academies intentionally fed white flight from public schools. That publically-funded charter schools are a vehicle for mirroring the South's private academy model is, at best, somewhat ironic. The Legislature needs to rethink the whole ball of wax if public dollars are being put to that purpose (and this editorial, while cautiously worded, is unmistakably suggesting that there is a race-conscious purpose behind some of these schools - I am not familiar with them, but that's the thrust of this editorial).

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educator1Oct. 11, 13 2:14 AM

Charters in Minnesota have expanded opportunity for low & moderate income families. Unlike the South - low and moderate families now have lots of options, including district & charter public schools. The majority of students attending charters in Mpls come from those communities. And low income students of color make a much higher % of charter students throughout the state.

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SnippetOct. 11, 13 6:42 AM

>>> Given that today’s young people will become adults in a more diverse world, it would be preferable for all students to attend schools that are racially and socioeconomically mixed. <<< Is there any evidence that this is even remotely true?

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buzzard23Oct. 11, 13 7:16 AM

So, what I understand here is that if we allow families and students to focus on the best way to ensure the kids learn reading, math, etc...and not spend so much time and dollars worrying about what color skin the person next to them has...they achieve more in school? We should not mess with self-segregation. Any desegregation funds should be applied where people have no choice, not when they actually make a good choice!

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charlzmartelOct. 11, 13 7:45 AM

"Diversity" is just another brand of intolerance and bigotry.

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SnippetOct. 11, 13 8:11 AM

Didn't this same editorial appear last month? The month before?

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rlundl02Oct. 11, 13 8:19 AM

Apologies to Bob Dylan: "Diversity, I spoke the word as if a wedding vow/But I was so much older then, I'm younger than that, now."

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hahatsktskOct. 11, 13 8:51 AM

I grew up in schools that served my community which happened to be Black. There are cultural differences and styles of learning. We did fine and turned out okay. My teachers were able to focus on education and not meeting quotas. We learned our history and achievements (which are not in the books today), so therefore we were proud of our ancestry. My daughter on the other hand grew up being bussed to upper middleclass schools and because of the economic differences this caused problems in the home and began to feel inferior. Once I began to teach her our Black history she became a better student. If children went to schools in their neighborhoods the similarities in life styles/economics would give them better self esteem and would keep them focused on education instead of what their family may not have.

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