Re: “School resegregation: We’re going back to the future” (TNT, 12-28).
Parents have always been moving their children to what they think are better schools. Parents most likely to be able to afford the “best” schools move their children. Even the Obamas enrolled their children in the “best” school in D.C. that educates children of all races.
The real reason for high achievement is parents who value learning and have books and educational materials in the home. The best example I saw while teaching were the post-Vietnam War refugee children. I had to force them to leave the classroom to go out to recess. They were hungry to learn, and they and all the other students worldwide are who our children will face. Race is irrelevant.
Mainstreaming has severely damaged U.S. public schools. Mainstreaming began as a theory to end differences in achievement. The idea was to place underachieving kids in with high achievers. Mainstreaming and lack of hunger to learn are the real culprits. Today’s classrooms are the result.