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Monday, January 31, 2011
I can't help but have an overwhelming feeling that this school's program is doing more harm than it intended. While the research this teacher found regarding black students performing better together may have some validity (I would like to see an actual study before making any definite conclusions of my own) I strongly feel that segregating students, not just from a racial standpoint, is detrimental. Making any one group of students feel alienated from their peers can severely affect social skills and further strengthen stereotypes. In fact, after the program first started, many of the students expressed desires to return back to their original homerooms. While school administrators and the teachers involved in the program are attempting to improve the students' learning, I do not think they fully understand the effect this segregation will have on the students from a social aspect.
What do you think??