"Stop, Don't Drink the Water!": A Modern Day Look at an Urban Segregated School
Faurot, Megan E.
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Significant changes are needed to make America's public schools equal. Today the inequalities and disparities among schools are a major concern. One issue that is fostering this problem is the existence of segregation that persists in the public school system. Students who attend poor, minority urban schools are the ones mostly affected by these problems. The negative reinforcement that these students receive throughout their education suffocates their desire to succeed and sadly lowers their expectations of themselves. America's public schools need to focus on making significant changes. One urban high school in the Chicago Public Schools (CPS) is in the process of change to improve the education for their minority students. The three areas within the school that are changing include the integration of computer technology into the curriculum, the addition of advanced placement courses and the construction of a new school. To obtain a thorough understanding of the importance of these particular changes the perspectives of the U.S. Department of Education and the students and faculty members of Simeon Career Academy were accumulated through literature review, interviews and surveys.