Race, Class, Gender and Education Brown v. The Board of Education of Topeka, Kansas (1954) legally desegregated schools, but today schools remain somewhat segregated Schools with high percentages of minorities tend to have: High teacher-student ratios Less qualified teachers Lower expectations of students High dropout rates Latino/a students face educational obstacles Little opportunity to attend preschool Few Latino/a teachers as role models Fewer than 10% of public school teachers are Latino/a High dropout rates Tracking (assigning students to specific courses) recreates segregation in the class room.
Race, Class, Gender, and Education, cont. Boys and girls treated differently in school. Studies find teachers pay less attention to girls. Teachers encourage boys to be problem solvers more by asking them more complicated questions. Activities are geared toward boys who are “more boisterous” Girls are starting to make up ground by enrolling in more advanced courses, but much work to do still.
Problems in Higher Education Cost to obtain a college education has risen significantly, many students must go into debt to get a degree. Affirmative action Taking race, gender, and ethnicity into consideration for admissions, financial aid, scholarships, and faculty hiring Minority enrollments have dropped in many schools that have eliminated affirmative action US Supreme Court (2003) ruled that race can be a factor for universities in shaping admission programs