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Arizona Bans Ethnic Studies. How Does It Affect The Children?

Chief Justice Earl Warren delivered the following opinion in the case: “Segregation of white and colored children in public schools has a detrimental effect upon the colored children. The impact is greater when it has the sanction of the law; for the policy of separating the races is usually interpreted as denoting the inferiority of the negro group. A sense of inferiority affects the motivation of a child to learn. Segregation with the sanction of law, therefore, has a tendency to [retard] the educational and mental development of negro children and to deprive them of some of the benefits they would receive in a racial[ly] integrated school system.”

If we replace portions of the opinion that relate specifically to segregation with the concept of a ban on multicultural education, but leave unaltered the other portions of the opinion, then we are left with a sadly poignant and historically relevant potential analysis of the psychological implications of a race-based ban on education.

Segregation of white and colored children Banning multicultural education in public schools has a detrimental effect upon the colored ethnic children. The impact is greater when it has the sanction of the law; for the policy of separating the races is usually interpreted as denoting the inferiority of the negro ethnic group. A sense of inferiority affects the motivation of a child to learn. Segregation A ban on multicultural education with the sanction of law, therefore, has a tendency to [retard] the educational and mental development of negro minority children and to deprive them of some of the benefits they would receive in a racial[ly] integrated school system curriculum.”

via Arizona Bans Ethnic Studies. How Does It Affect The Children? | Conducive Chronicle.

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  1. May 20, 2010 at 6:04 AM

    I am still not understanding why people are acting like these classes are dividing the students. It’s more or less bring them together. They are learning about another culture, which is extremely beneficial.

    Peace, Love and Chocolate
    Tiffany

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