Urban and Suburban Schools in the Atlanta Area: A Kaleidoscope of Differences
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The primary purpose of this paper is to educate, and this education is not limited to a specific audience. In fact, it is designed for any audience, in which ignorance exists. In my case, the audience was "suburbanites." My first-year experience at Kalamazoo College has taught me that many individuals need this information, which I correlate to education. For it was in my Urban Sociology class, I endured such ignorance among my peers during a heated debate between inner city and suburban education. A student from the suburbs of Tampa, Florida commented that there are no differences between inner city and suburban education. As a matter of fact, she thought the only difference resided in the students themselves. Needless to say, I disagreed. I tried to explain that economic differences alone create inequalities between the two. However, she refused to listen, and thus it was her ignorance that sparked this paper along with many other classmates, specifically a young, white male. It was after the initial debate that this guy decided to enter into the discussion with an opener intended to shut me up. "You made it here, he said." That is, he assumed that I being an African-American female must be from the slums of the inner city and made it to this elite institution. Thus, he proves his point and leaves everyone thinking that the real problem lies within the students and not the inequalities in the education system. Flabbergasted, I could not speak, but to say the least it did not last for long.