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Education Then and Now Essay

  • Submitted by: playera
  • on August 29, 2013
  • Category: History
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Education Then and Now
Adrionne Player
June 26,2013
Debbie T.

Education Then and Now
At the age of 33 I am a college student.   I actually never knew it would or could be a reality as a single mother at the age of 16.   When I first became aware in 1996 that I was pregnant, I was devastated.   I had just had a car accident and they asked if there was a chance that I could have been pregnant as they needed as X-ray. In the few second after the question rolled off her tongue in my mind I relived the most traumatizing day of my life.   The day it reminded me of was the day of my own rape.   In those few seconds that it took me to answer the nurse decided to be on the safe side to take a pregnancy test.   The results came back positive.   My world and the dream of college were ripped away from me, I thought.  
In the 1950’s-1960’s education had always been segregated.   Education is essential to a person’s future but with the fact that an entire race loosing on a solid education they are generally forced to continue to stay in the lower socio-economic level.   Before the Civil Rights Movement, the “white” schools had the money to pay teachers and purchase everything they needed to achieve educational success. “For every $150.00 spent at the white schools only $50.00 was spent on African American children that their school was not treated as fairly because they were colored. They did not have the most current textbooks, not enough school supplies, and overcrowded classrooms.”   (Students)   If a black person wanted education then they had to deal with having substandard school rooms, books and supplies that had been already used by the white schools and where thrown out.   Most of the books had been written in and had pages torn out of them.
President Lyndon B. Johnson was a president that helped the most in the mindset of segregation.   “It is not enough just to open the gates of opportunity.   All our citizens must have the ability to walk through those gates....

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