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Samba Donating Member (13 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-25-11 10:25 PM
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39. Separate but equal
"To call it Apartheid is bullshit, however as it implies that the minority students would get worse facilities etc."

We called this "Separate but Equal" in the U.S. It was pretty common from the 1870's till the 1950's. It pretty much died with a supreme court case in 1954 Brown vs Board of Education where they decided that even if it was attempted to make it equal, separation made for inequality. In actual fact it was almost never equal. I'm not sure what evidence or logic convinced them - but you could look it up. Being born in 1964 it now just seems obvious to me that I've learned a lot from mixed-culture classes than I'd learn from a homogeneous classroom.

To me that was the start of school bussing - moving students around to different schools to ensure 'mixing'. But probably some states started bussing before that and the other states didn't "bus" till later after they tried other things.

Imagine 2 classes - one integrated where the immigrants hear the Norwegian point of view from native norwegian students, and the norwegian students hear the points of view of the immigrant students. The other class has just immigrants or just norwegians and there is no exchange of ideas except as presented thru the instructor.

Of course parents may be concerned about their norwegian kids being polluted by foreign ideas and growing up different from their parents. The immigrant parents on the other hand have little choice - their eqyptian child is picking up russian and armenian ideas - and norwegian from the teacher - irregardless of whether they mingle with norwegian students. But they would pick up or better understand norwegian ideas if they were learning from norwegian peers rather than just the teachers.
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