I wrote a “proximity is not destiny” column for the Reason Foundation that’s running on the McClatchy news wire. So far, the Sacramento Bee, Pasadena Star-News and the Fort Worth Star-Telegram have picked it up.
Proximity is not destiny, educationally speaking. A generation of experience with racial integration has taught a clear lesson: Sitting black kids next to white kids in school is not a silver bullet that zaps unequal achievement.
However, the faith that proximity leads to equal achievement remains the cargo cult of education. In June, the U.S. Supreme Court barred school assignments based on race to increase racial diversity. So school leaders immediately began considering economic integration plans instead.
Sit poor kids next to middle-class kids. That should work!
I see by the ID line that I am an adjunct scholar at the Reason Foundation. Nice to know.