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  •  Agreed. (9+ / 0-)

    I was a little kid at the time, but live in Boston (Allston/Brighton neighborhood) and to this day most people consider neighborhood schools the better model.  

    I volunteered at Brighton High School in the mid 1990s, and it was heartbraking to watch kids asleep in class because they'd had to get up at 5AM to catch the bus---and the complete lack of after school activities because once again they had to catch the bus home.  Now consider that these Boston Kids are spending 90+ minutes on a bus each day compared to the...10?...minute commute of their suburban counterparts and is it any wonder they do so poorly?

    •  I wasn't here to see the effects of busing (5+ / 0-)

      but I lived in Southie for a few months in 2009 (I live in Somerville now) and worked for the Census there. I began to get a glimpse of how tight-knit the communities are and how people feel about their neighborhoods almost as if they were their personal living rooms; they know all about the history and who used to live where and which buildings have changed and on and on. Suddenly I could imagine how it would come down like a ton of bricks on communities like these if they were told that their kids couldn't just walk to the local schools that their parents and older cousins and siblings had gone to, but instead had to be sent halfway across town somewhere. Having grown up in a California suburb, I hadn't realized before how different it feels to be in an area where there's that sense of community loyalty and local history.

      The fact that the Irish had been battling overt, in-your-face prejudice from other white folks not many years before, and that most were still working class or had barely managed to claw their way into the lower middle class, and now suddenly were being told that they were the white oppressors -- while richer white folks in surrounding towns weren't being forced to bus their kids -- no doubt added massive insult to injury.

      I don't know how things could've been handled better; I'm only starting to learn about the history. But I can see that what happened is way more complex than any simple "the whites in Southie were simply racist" explanation.

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      by Noisy Democrat on Fri Sep 28, 2012 at 09:39:41 AM PDT

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