Racial mix at K-12 schools at stake in case going to high court
The Supreme Court is diving into a debate over school diversity that is as old as Reconstruction-era efforts to integrate blacks into the mainstream and as new as the 5:35 a.m. start time on some buses carrying students across town in
A year ago, O'Connor and her colleagues refused to hear a similar school diversity challenge from
Amy Stuart Wells, a sociology professor at Teachers College of Columbia University, said adults who attended racially diverse schools in their youth believe they are more open-minded and less fearful of other races than peers who went to segregated schools. While racial tensions of the students' school years were challenging, Wells said, "when you talk to them 20 years later they understand what it did for them. They understand how it helped them in a multiracial society and in a global society."
This article appeared in the December 2, 2006 edition of the Associated Press.previous page