Maya Szymanski: Progress is approaching slow and steady

danvile_front.page_We have been going through this stage of enlightenment to the inequalities facing our nation, almost like we looked down at our palm and become hyperaware of the rapidly working vessels that make up the body.

It is clear that a large amount of the populace is left to fight for the opportunities that we would consider a human right. Education and educating the youth needs to be of the top concern regardless of socioeconomic backgrounds.

The New Haven Register recently published a census illustrating the income to race percentages;

In the wealthiest sections, 93 percent were white; 1 percent were black, 3 percent were Hispanic and 3 percent other.

But an encouraging percentage of schools in Connecticut show diversity within the institutions, despite the overwhelming economic inequality, demonstrated in a map of the Connecticut towns and their minority populations.

The classic white schools, white towns, and white system; let’s call it the white trifecta. It’s kind of like a candy that nobody wants because they can’t afford it, has been gradually thrown in the garbage. Regional economic inequality is inevitable, but stopping the furthering of its effects is not unrealistic. Over 60 years passed since Brown v The Board of Education and progress is continuing. A Huffington Post article said:

In 2003 the legislature created a system to fund regional magnet schools and a voluntary interdistrict transfer system.

The transfer system allows a small number of urban students to attend suburban schools and vice versa — something atypical in traditional public schools, where students usually live close to the school they attend.

Children should be equipped with the ability to succeed without financial and racial adversity. As a nation we made progression in our mindsets about racial inequality but lacked long-standing systems to implement that. So schools remain culturally one sided. But Connecticut has been urging the change in structure. The Civil Rights Project says Connecticut integration is the “lighthouse for the region.” Connecticut is making schools more representative of society, by exposing the youth to all demographics.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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