The System to Separate and Minimize Differences
What happens when you combine choice with segregation? A fascinating question that seems to everyone at some point.
Controlling for individual choice begins with the fact that the choice is really shaped by someone else’s choice. Somewhere, a someone along the way decided that it was okay to be assigned to a school based on a fixed factor (this is called a set-up), and by extension, a school is set up to fit a specific “set of circumstances” (this is termed an “individuality”). In some contexts, choosing schools is not a private choice, and it is a matter of public/government preference. You will be assigned to the school based on where you live, your personal income, income of your parent(s), IQ, family income, etc., just to name a few factors. Your choices are then based on the choices made by others, all of which may be filtered through the public schools that you move into. This is in an effort to control these outcomes, but at what cost? So, what happens when you combine choices and segregation?
1. Various Institutions have responded to many facets of their societal responsibility, from providing health insurance for individuals, food assistance, public accommodations, mental health intervention, to financing schools.
2. The United States has become reliant on a system of systematic segregation for school placement.
3. Many institutions that operate under the principle of placing students in a school based on the school groupings’ individual design, have also found unique ways to separate students on an individual basis. As a result, the academic achievement of these students is significantly compromised.
4. The increasing increase in achievement gap between schools with policy of resegregation and schools with no policy of resegregation.
5. Educational statistics conclusively demonstrate that two outcomes are always created by setting individual outcomes that ensure exclusion of high scoring groups of students, for which the school groupings have no specific decision process.
6. This creates a second generation of harm as students who were selected based on conditions outside of their control, because of the government’s policy of segregation, are limited in the schools in which they are permitted to attend. It also limits the ability of students to succeed in school.