#ALL Lives Matter: An Educational Perspective, Majority Minority Nation

#ALL Lives Matter: An Educational Perspective, Majority Minority Nation

The history of education in America is nearly as old as America herself. First introduced in the 17th century, the Boston Latin School was founded in 1635 and is both the first public school and oldest existing school in the United States History of Education in America .   The mission of the early educational system was to establish an elementary school in every town with 50+ residents, and a Latin school for towns with a population greater than 100.  The focus was evangelism, via the development of a religious education system. 

In 1779, Thomas Jefferson proposes two streams of educational consciousness: a two-track educational system, with different tracks in his words for "the laboring and the learned." Scholarship would allow a very few of the laboring class to advance, Jefferson says, by "raking a few geniuses from the rubbish."  Ten years later (1790), Pennsylvania state constitution calls for free public education but only for poor children. It is expected that rich people will continue to pay for their children's schooling  Milestones of Educations.

In 1896, The U.S. Supreme Court offers the Plessy v. Ferguson decision; establishing “separate but equal".  The decision means that the federal government officially recognizes segregation as legal, and further legitimizes southern states’  laws requiring racial segregation in public schools Milestones of Educations.  The Supreme Court decision of 1954, Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, unanimously agrees that segregated schools are "inherently unequal" and must be abolished. Almost 45 years later in 1998, schools, especially in the north, are as segregated as ever Milestones of Educations

The original mission of America’s educational system was evangelism.  However, the original system did not account for the impending freedom of enslaved people, arrival of immigrants, or steady drumbeat and march towards social equality in all arenas, especially the educational arena.   As the “melting pot” of  races/ethnicities scuffle for a piece of the American dream, and the “Majority Minority” Nation of 2044 comes into focus, Majority Minority Nation, equitable access, disbursement, and attainment of education is paramount. 

Jennifer Cheeseman Day and Kurt J. Bauman (2000) noted, there is growing concern that educational levels in the U.S. population may stagnate or even decrease in coming decades. Factors contributing to this concern include a leveling of education in entering cohorts, shifts in ethnic composition and high levels of immigration Race & Ethnicity Projections 2050.  Their projections are based upon These projections are based on separate educational attainment rates by race/ethnic groups, gender, age, and nativity status.  Their projections for educational attainment by race/ethnicity as as follows  Educational Attainment Projections 2028.

Ultimately, the “tanning of a nation” may cost America her global competitive edge educationally.  If the fastest and largest growing populations do not remain in the educational pipelines through-to degree completion, then America’s competitive edge, undergirded by education, is lost.  The tanning composition of the United States reminds her to mind-her-business of education and successful completion of the educational pipeline. 


Anita Sanders's picture Anita Sanders | February 22, 2019 3:11 am MST

I have enjoyed your post.  Whenever I hear anything concerning Brown versus Board of Education of Topeka, I always inquire as to Brown II, de facto segregation, and de jure segregation.Unfortunately, problems still exist within numerous communities. After the I-95 Corridor of Shame revelation, you would think it would have brought enormous embarrassment resulting in significant corrective action.  However, remnants of the shame are still prevalent.


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