New York City, home of the nation’s largest school district, remains one of the most segregated. But rather than demand integration, some black parents are opting for schools that are specifically designed for their children (“ ‘I Love My skin!’ Why Black Parents Are Turning to Afrocentric Schools,” The New York Times, Jan. 8). These Afrocentric schools tend to post high test scores and high graduation rates compared with other public schools in the city.
I understand the reason that some black parents – not all by any means – have chosen to enroll their children in Afrocentric schools. But I wonder if abandoning integration serves these students well in the long run. One of the most persistent goals in education is promoting diversity. But these schools by their very nature do not do so. Yes, there are some Hispanic students enrolled but few, if any, whites. In an increasing diversified workforce, will black students who have self-segregated be shortchanged? Nevertheless, as readers of this column know, I support parental choice.
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