Wells, Amy Stuart, Holme, Jennifer, Revilla, Anita, Tijerina, & Atanda, Awo Korantemaa
How Desegregation Changed Us: The Effects of Racially Mixed Schools on Students and Society
Ideas of graduates, educators, advocates and local policy makers who were directly involved in racially mixed public high schools 25 years ago.
Journal Name or Institutional Affiliation:
Harvard University Press
In Search of Brown
- Desegregation fundamentally changed the people who lived through it, yet had a more limited impact on the larger society.
- Desegregation made the vast majority of students who attended these schools less racially prejudiced and more comfortable around people of different backgrounds.
- 1) Broaden measures of school quality and accountability to include other indicators such as racial diversity
- 2) Amend current public school choice policies, to make then more supportive of people who want racial diversity.
- 3) Increase support for school districts that are trying to maintain desegregated schools.
- 4) Pursue non-education goals such as housing integration and suburb identification to facilitate the creation of more diverse public schools.
Chapter in Book
College, Desegregation, Diversity, Labor Market, Long Term Outcomes, Prejudice, Racial Composition
Case Studies, Interviews
Method of Analysis:
Graduates class of 1980
Unit of Analysis:
- Chose to study the history of six high schools and the members of the Class of '80 who attended them during the late 1970s because this era was the beginning of the peak in American school desegregation.
- Data collection occurred in three overlapping stages: 1999-2001, 2000-2002, 2002-2003 540 interviews = 268 graduate interviews (242 initial, 26 portrait interviews).
- Open ended interviews with policy makers, activists, school officials, lawyers, educators and graduates.
- Collected also yearbooks, newspaper clips, district documents and historical documents in libraries.
- Austin High School / Dwight Morrow High School / John Muir High School / Shaker Heights High School/ Topeka High School / West Charlotte high School