In Kozol’s article “Still Separate, Still Unequal-America’s educational apartheid,” Kozol speaks of how the American educational system has been trying to diversify the student body in public schools for decades. They have even built several new schools in mostly white neighborhoods, hoping that the close proximity of the school would encourage white parents to send their children to those schools. Instead, when parents see that mostly African Americans and Hispanics attend these schools, they pull their children out of them and send them to private, white institutions.
Shouldn’t we be sending our children to diverse schools to teach them how to the real world actually is? The world is diverse with multiple races and backgrounds. What is most disturbing about this article is that this idea of diversifying schools is used too often. “Schools in which as few as 3 or 4 percent of students may be white or Southeast Asian or of Middle Eastern origin are referred to as ‘diverse'” (43).
In The Wire it is evident that there is little to NO diverse student body. Most to all of the students are African American, it is only the teachers that are diverse such as Mr. Prezbo, Assistant Principal Marcia Donnelly, and UM Professor David Parenti. Like The Wire though, schools in the South Bronx area have very little funding and the schools are constantly a mess. “In another elementary school which had been built to hold 1,000 children but was packed to bursting with some 1,500” (44). No one wants to send their children to schools that are not functioning properly-especially parents who have money to send their children to a better school.