When skin colour determines your academic future.

by cynschultz on September 9, 2015 - 4:52pm


In June 2015, The New York Times was publishing “Is Special Education Racist?” by Paul L. Morgan and George Farkas. Both authors claim that black children are underrepresented in special education program, contrary to the belief that schools are racially biased. This original idea came from the high number of black children in those programs compared to white kids and other ethnicities. From this belief came attempt at policy changes where there would throughout the united state a single standard for overrepresented minorities. Morgan and Farkas suggest that with these policy changes much more black children with disabilities wont have access to the program. They also suggest that despite the fact that black children are far more exposed to environmental and economical factors that creates disabilities, they are rarely diagnosed. Professionals don’t usually take notice to the sign of disabilities because low expectations from those students. For black children who to have the chance of being diagnosed with a disability, they are still less likely to receive treatment and medication than white children. As a solution to this issue, Morgan and Farkas suggest the creation of community outreach programs to break the cultural boundaries when diagnosing children since they have already been proven to diminish racial differences. 


I think Morgan and Farkas do a great job at showcasing how racism is present in education in  “Is Special Education Racist?” They break false belief in proving that black children are underrepresented in special education classes. They also explain why it wouldn’t be in the best interest of black children to change the policy in special education system. I really liked the way they proved their point because the arguments and statistics they used made me react. After reading the article, I was upset and mad to the situation and what is happening to black children. Like mentionned by Curnoe in "Title", races arent real but an sociological concept created by the population. Knowing that races does not exist, children should be seen as just that, not black children. Therefore, I think they must be treated equally to everyone other student and receive the same help. Furthermore, I think they should get even more help from professionals because as mentioned by Morgan and Farkas, black children are more exposed to environmental, economical, and sociological problems that we know results in disabilities than any other ethnicities, such as white children. I also enjoyed the author’s conclusion because it gives a possible solution to the problem that has worked previously, this made me feel better about the future of black children regarding their education instead of making me angry. What makes me react to the article even more, is its subject. I think Morgan and Farkas choose a great subject because like me, most people take children’s education seriously and the fact that the article proves black children are deprived of the best education possible for them based on low expectation because of their skin colour is unfair and in my opinion lacking in humanity and kindness.  


Morgan, L. Paul., & Farkas, G. (2015). Is Special Education Racist? The New York Times, A23. Retrieved from http://www.nytimes.com/2015/06/24/opinion/is-special-education-racist.ht...            


I find your topic very interesting and I can personally react to this topic. As a black person, I am really sensible when it comes to racism and I tend to react to everything on this subject. I completely agree with you. I also think that black children should be treated equally. As mentioned in ''Race Without Color’' by Diamond, ''many anthropologists today conclude that one cannot recognize any human races at all'', which means that you can’t really differentiate races and people for their skin color. Therefore, I can’t understand that people have lower expectations. I find it really sad and it upsets me that black children don’t receive the same help. I can actually relate to this article because I have an autistic cousin who goes to a special school. He is black like me and I remember 2 years ago that my aunt was complaining about how he wasn’t doing well at school and how he wasn’t happy there like he wasn’t well treated. After reading this article, I can make a connection with him and I find it harsh. I would favor having all black children together in a school for them to be all treated equally. Even though it would surely become a racial controversy, I would really like for them to be treated the same way so that they can efficiently develop as humans.

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