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  •  What Solutions... (1+ / 0-)
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    are you offering?

    •  I guess my point wasn't very clear. (0+ / 0-)

      I don't have any easy solutions. But I think that allowing individual self-interest to influence where we send our kids to school ultimately is really not in our best interest as a society in the long run.

      After dark all cats are leopards. - Native American proverb

      by StateOfGrace on Wed Jul 29, 2009 at 12:30:54 PM PDT

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      •  I Think That Individual Self Interest... (1+ / 0-)
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        is the best method to determine where kids go to school.

        I chose a college that offered a major that I wanted to take.  I would have acted stupidly had I chosen a school that did not offer my major and received a degree in a field that I was not interested in.

        I also chose a school that was less expensive so that I could use my savings and work while in school rather than take out loans.  For some a more expensive school with loans might be preferred but I chose to graduate without debt.  Should I have put all the schools in a jar and picked one randomly?  

        •  No, I was referring to where we send our (0+ / 0-)

          kids to school as children - as that is where the problem of equal opportunity begins.

          After dark all cats are leopards. - Native American proverb

          by StateOfGrace on Wed Jul 29, 2009 at 01:41:19 PM PDT

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          •  Your Diary Discussed Colleges As Well... (0+ / 0-)
            If you only wanted to discuss Grades K-12 your points on college were unnecessary.

            If you are discussing school choice, there is only one solution, but that solution would get the rasbeary here.

            Give every parent a voucher and let them pick the school of choice for their kids.

            The elite (rich and politically connected) will always have the choice to enroll their kids in private schools if they don't like their local school.  "Connected" parents of all races will be able to play the system and enroll their kids in Charter schools.

            The school districts with the worst records are the very large metro schools.  So consolidation wouldn't improve choice for parents.  In smaller school districts, like mine, we have no choice, only one school to go to.

            •  The point I was trying to make is that a kid's (0+ / 0-)

              grade school is what often eventually determines whether or not that kid is able to go on to college. (Second and third paragraphs from the end of the diary.)

              After dark all cats are leopards. - Native American proverb

              by StateOfGrace on Wed Jul 29, 2009 at 07:09:00 PM PDT

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              •  What Do You Propose... (0+ / 0-)

                Are you encouraging minority families to move to school districts with fewer minorities so that their children will not face the shock of a nealry all white college?

                Bussing?  

                What do you propose to solve the problem that you perceive?

                In your experience, do minority students that come from smaller towns, like mine, that have only one school from 6-12, adjust better in the mostly white college setting?  If your theory is correct, then minority students in my School District should not be experienceing those problems in college because they were raised in an ethnically diverse setting.  

            •  the best solution (1+ / 0-)
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              would be equal funding of all public schools, instead of the discriminatory system of funding that was set up to undermine integration and support white flight from integrated schools. Vouchers serve the very same purpose.

              Every word has spirit, when we speak a word, we share its spirit with others--trad. Japanese saying

              by Lurky Lu on Thu Jul 30, 2009 at 07:47:37 AM PDT

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