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As I am sure that you already know, there are many different types of educational opportunities available for children. These opportunities include charter schools, private schools, public schools, and home schooling. Do you think that one type of opportunity is better than the other? If so, which one and why? If not, why?

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This is a very difficult question to tackle, and even harder to assess.

Why?

Well, because each family does what is within their means, or what they think is the best solution.

Let us go over each type:

Charter schools receive funding from the government (so are public) but make their own rules and regulations. These are an alternative to a public school. They might specialize in different subjects such as arts, math or music
Private schools are where the parents pay full tuition to receive an education. They are not administered by the government, they can select their own students, and are often thought to provide the top education
Public schools are funded and governed by the government.
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Write a letter to that clearly, persuasively and specifically:

A. Describes the concepts of white privilege and the self-perpetuating cycle of negative stereotyping, explaining how they are legacies of our history of racial oppression, and illustrates how they still affect us today.

B. Makes clear how the original Social Security legislation and Federal government housing policies of the 1930's-1950's have contributed to today's racial inequalities.

C. Explain the stages of the Veiled and Cumulative Pipeline of Persistent Institutional Racism, describe how the socio-economic conditions into which you're born and the educational institutions you attend can contribute to continuing racial inequalities, and shows how Bobo's concept of 'laissez-faire' racism prevents us from addressing these problems.

D. Sets forth your vision/metaphor of a nation in which neither the color of one's skin nor one's nation of origin have any relevance to one's opportunity to succeed.

E. Propose and fully detail two specific actions that individuals can take to address disparities that still exist and explains how they will help to achieve your vision.

The semester is over and you're flying home for the holidays. Near the end of the flight, you begin talking to the white, middle aged woman sitting next to you. She asked what you're studying at GWU and you tell her about the classes you have taken. When you mention the Race and Minority Relations class she gets animated. She is 'fed up' with complaints about racism in the society. 'We have a black President; she asserts. 'What better evidence is there that we are now in a post-racial society? People have equal opportunity, and if they don't succeed, it's their own fault. We need to stop obsessing about our history and about isolated cases of racism and pay attention to the deficit and how to cut all this spending for people who are just too lazy to succeed'. You start to answer, but just then the flight attendances that the plane is preparing to land. 'I'd like to continue this conversation', you tell the woman. 'Would you mind if I wrote you letter during the holidays explaining my views on this?' She gives you her address and says she'd be happy to receive your letter.

Assignment:

Thinking about our class lectures/discussions, the required reading, the videos we saw, and the newspaper articles you've read, write a letter to this woman that clearly, persuasively and specifically:

A. Describes the concepts of white privilege and the self-perpetuating cycle of negative stereotyping, explaining how they are legacies of our history of racial oppression, and illustrates how they still affect us today.

White privilege refers to benefits and incentives that white people enjoy simply because of their skin color. Because white people have been in control of government, business, religion and other areas of society for several hundred years now it makes sense that they have organized these areas to best suit them. By administrating these organizations in ways that are beneficial to whites they are purposefully or perhaps unwittingly making it very difficult for minorities to succeed in these organizations.

It should be understood that white privilege does not automatically mean that there is hatred toward specific minorities or even hatred of a minority group in general. It is very possible that white privilege is something that white people do not even consciously think about. They just assume that things have always been this way and don't see the system as racist, rather it is normal to them.

I would encourage the lady from the plane to consider the following series of questions and ask herself if she can identify with them or not. All of these questions illustrate the principle of white privilege.

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