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At Racialicious, “NCLR Report Finds Latino Students are “Missing Out”:

The rapid growth of the Latino student population has not been reflected in a corresponding improvement in their educational outcomes. The collection of statistics that follows suggests that Latino students are missing out on many educational opportunities and are not being effectively served by the current U.S. education system. One of the country’s most significant challenges in the coming years will be to improve the American educational system such that it adequately meets the needs of all children.

Moreover, a particularly urgent task is to ensure that our nation’s public schools and universities improve their capacity to adequately serve Latino students and ELLs [English language learners], given that this population will constitute nearly one-third (30%) of our total adult population by 2050. These statistics provide a summary of the key data on Latino students, from prekindergarten through postsecondary school. Understanding who these students are is critical to creating policies and programs that effectively address their unique position in America’s schools. Read more…

In The Daily News, Michael Meyers explores the “Shameful resegregation of New York City schools”

Today marks 55 years since the Supreme Court outlawed intentionally racially segregated public schools, declaring that “separate educational facilities are inherently unequal.”

Back then, blacks welcomed the news that we would never again have to “prove” that segregation harms black children in ways unlikely ever to be undone – as demonstrated persuasively by my mentor Kenneth Clark‘s breakthrough experiments using black and white dolls.

All that is yesterday’s headline. Today liberals of all skin colors cheer all-black schools and separate classes for boys and girls as the means to the end of raising these children’s “self-esteem” in their “race” (race is a term I don’t believe in) and gender.

This has given rise to a new era of acceptable Balkanization of our public schools, as other minority groups – Hispanics, Asians, Arabs and Jews – rush to organize schools around their group’s culture or language or ethnic identity.

It is tragic that in New York City, the nation’s epicenter of ethnic commingling and cross-pollination, such schools have proliferated on Mayor Bloomberg‘s watch. Read more…

At Mixed Race America, Jennifer reviews Katherine Min’s “Second Hand World.” Also, if you comment at the site during APA Heritage Month, you can win one of five books donated by Hachette Book Group.

A Chair, A Fireplace and A Tea Cozy reviews the child’s book “Alvin Ho: Allergic to Camping, Hiking and Other Natural Disasters.”

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About Tami

Tami Winfrey Harris writes about race, feminism, politics and pop culture at the blog What Tami Said. Her work has also appeared online at The Guardian’s Comment is Free, Ms. Magazine blog, Newsweek, Change.org, Huffington Post and Racialicious. She is a graduate of the Iowa State University Greenlee School of Journalism. She is mom to two awesome stepkids and spends her spare time researching her family history and cultivating a righteous 'fro.
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