Modern-Day Segregation in the American Education System

Despite the fact that in modern American society, every person is given equal rights and obligations, there is still segregation in the education system along racial lines. The African American part of the population claims the same way of getting an education as everyone else. Segregation is prohibited by the laws of the United States and remains illegal throughout the country. However, school segregation contributes to widening the gap between representatives of different nationalities. Some students can gain more knowledge with more modern equipment by zoning public institutions than others. Since the incomes of the African American population are usually lower, the children in such families go to less privileged educational institutions than in the families of the European race.

From a historical point of view, the issue of segregation in the educational system has undergone long changes. Between 1968 and after large-scale unrest across the country, the separation between whites and African Americans in educational institutions has significantly decreased. Donnor points out that the 1980s was a pivotal time when the greatest integration took place (Donnor, 2020). However, in the following years, the peak of segregation resolution waned. Thus, Norton and Mullen describe that already in the early 2000s, segregation became very visible and African Americans attended separate schools, which indicates strong zoning (Norton & Mullen, 2020). At the same time, despite the decrease in separation, it remains relatively stable.

The topic of segregation is of great cultural significance and affects the entire American community. An increasing number of people are addressing this issue in all sorts of art. The African American population feels alienated, seeing a lack of rights compared to the European race. African-American students must put in much more effort and improve academic performance to achieve successful results. At the same time, they experience great fatigue and stress. Thus, from the humanitarian side, segregation negatively affects African Americans.

Segregation is a problem for many generations and is studied in the natural sciences. To address the issue, measurement and comparison may be the most relevant methods. The dimension defines a numerical value and shows percentage changes over time. At the same time, time indicators are compared and, on the basis of this, a conclusion is made regarding positive or negative dynamics. However, the problem of segregation is relative and has a problem in being objectively described. Because the number of African Americans and whites can vary from state to state, it’s hard to come up with an average. In addition, from a material point of view, the issue of segregation can become extremely problematic since it affects the tolerant development of society.

Segregation in modern society affects the entire population of the country. From the point of view of the African race, they need more effort and attention. At the same time, the European race makes their formation in society thornier and more difficult (Rosiek, 2019). This cannot but affect the interpersonal relationships of mature people in the future. Social tensions between two peoples can escalate, leading to more conflict and more segregation.

Thus, the separation in educational institutions and the zoning of races leads to negative consequences. Representatives of different nations have unequal advantages and opportunities. Despite the illegality of segregation, the unfair division of the budget leads to its strengthening. This affects the future of students from African American families and their possible admission to universities. Despite the seeming tolerant attitude and the lack of segregation, society must take many more steps to achieve an equal community.


Donnor, J. K. (2018). Understanding Critical Race Research Methods and Methodologies. Routledge.

Norton, S. A., & Mullen, C. A. (2020). Preserving Black education legacy and influence through oral histories of segregated southern schools. Springer, 12(21), 1-33.

Rosiek, J. (2019). School segregation: A realist’s view. Phi Delta Kappan, 100(5), 8-13.

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