In this video, a US Professor explains the benefits of desegregation policies on education in America:
Not only did black children benefit from their improved access to education, but - despite commonly-held fears at the time of these policies being enacted - white children's education did not suffer and there were significant inroads made into some of the education and later life disparities that had been in existence between blacks and whites.
Obviously, in America, there is work still to be done to make their country more equitable, but, in Australia, too, this is an important issue and education has a significant role.
What are we doing here to actively pursue 'desegregation' and diversity in out schools..?
What are we doing that contributes towards the segregation of people..?
Such segregation plays out not just on the basis of race, as professor Rucker focuses upon, but also occurs in Australian schools through the division and separation of children based upon income, religion and other factors.
What would have happened if the US had not actively pursued desegregation policies..? What would their educational achievement 'gap' look like..?
We talk lots in Australia about such 'gaps' - the importance of 'closing' them, but also their growing nature...
If we are serious about a more equitable society with reduced variation in educational achievement, social problems, occupational achievement, etc, then we need to not only discourage policies and structures that 'segregate', but also actively pursue higher levels of diversity in our school environments.