Thoughts on "The Choice is Ours"
I am really torn between the article "The Choice is Ours:Expanding Educational......" On the one hand, I feel that moving a child into a high school that is more integrated can result in a greater education and greater opportunities. However, I also feel that the fact that a school is segregated does not effect a childs education at all.
If a child were to move in to an integrated school with "better" programs, yes there will be more opportunities. Also, "learning through osmosis" can also play a key role in a persons' education. The child will be around people that may want to learn more than the average student, and as a result will become more motivated and will want to strive to accomplish things. It is all based on who the child hangs out with at the school, too. Integrated schools have their "good" and "bad" students. "Bad," meaning that the children are not as motivated, not as in trouble-makers. Also, if the student is able to find children he/she can relate to then homework groups are always essential to learning key subjects. (when allowed by the class) I know that in my Econ class we have a mini study group, and it help immensely.
Now on the other hand, one can say that it is not the school that helps the child, but the motivation that lies within a child to succeed. If he/she attends a segregated school, yes, there may not be as many opportunities laid out on a silver platter for the student, but it is the student that should take the initiative to find the right resources and meet the right people, whether it be in the school or in the community. A child, if given the right motivation, can do anything they put their mind to. However, this is why people feel that an integrated school is the right choice. Again, everything, at least in my opinion, returns back to the thought that a student can only go as far as they are willing to push themselves. Motivation is the key ingredient of every student in todays era. All the resources and connections are there, but they need to take the initiative to go out and seek them.