Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2013

Keywords

segregation, integration, race, public education

Comments

The Martin Luther King, Jr. Lecture was delivered on January 22, 2013.

Abstract

An educated society is important to the survival of a democracy, a sentiment echoed by the Supreme Court in Brown v. Board of Education. Today most commentators concede that the implementation of Brown was a failure and that over the years there has been retrenchment. Although America’s schools are no longer racially segregated by law, a substantial percentage of school children are consigned to racially isolated schools. While commentators continue to argue for racially integrated schools, this article argues that racial integration alone is insufficient--schools must receive adequate financial resources and be even more diverse socio-economically to adequately prepare America’s youth for the diverse world in which they will live and work. Legal rulings alone are insufficient to achieve this objective; rather a combination of approaches, and more importantly a change in societal attitudes about public education are needed.

Journal

58 Villanova Law Review 471 (2013).

Disciplines

Civil Rights and Discrimination

Recommended Citation

58 Villanova Law Review 471 (2013).