But I think school diversity is overrated. I realize the history and the struggles, etc. but I think we’ve done, over all, a disservice by breaking up neighborhood schools in the name of racial diversity.
When we look around, it’s just a simple bit of the human element that we like to keep to our own, whether it is rich v. poor, black v. white, Scientologist v. Hari Krishna, Mac v. PC. That’s the way humans are.
And now there is a Harvard study that shows diversity for the sake of diversity is more harmful than positive in the near and intermediate term and the study really has to stretch to show long term positives for diversity.
Don’t get me wrong. I think it is important for kids and adults to intermingle with people other than themselves, but I also think there is a great deal of value in putting kids in classrooms with their neighbors than busing them all the way across town to maintain a racial balance that has never really been proven to be beneficial.
And what happens when they get to college? More often than not, the kids dare to segregate themselves. Oh the horror.
I think we need to just deal with human nature instead of forcing diversity down a 5 year old’s throat. But that’s just me. Feel free to disagree.