The American Dream Essay

1940 Words Nov 23rd, 2014 8 Pages
The American Dream is what most individuals strive to accomplish. The perfect house, job, and family are ideal to most Americans. In order to live the American Dream, you have to work for it and education is a key factor in order to achieve this dream. However, does everyone have an equal chance of reaching it? How do you reach your fullest potential or strive for a better life when segregation exists? Segregation is a term that has been used to describe the division of racial groups that is often used when discussing the school system. Many believe that segregation was something in the past and that it simply does not exist anymore. However, it is still alive and happening at this very moment. “In 2009-2010, more than 55 years after the Brown decision, the country’s public schools reflected an overall school segregation with about 74% of Black students and 80% of Latino students attending schools that were 50% to 100% minority and, more specifically, more than 40% of Black and Latino students were attending schools that were 90% to 100% minority (Thompson, 2013).” Take a look at the demographics of schools in a specific area. An area that has a mixed population can still have schools within that area that are mostly filled with minorities and a school that is predominately white. How is this possible? It seems like a simple process to fix the inequality in the school system. However, everything proposed seems to fail. I also believe that segregation in the school system…

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