Monday December 15 | Diversity & Integration in NC Schools

December 12, 2008 at 4:32 pm | Posted in Coming Up | 3 Comments

We’ll talk with the author of a study done at UNC Charlotte about integration in North Carolina schools. We’ll discuss the key findings of the study and talk about the recommendations the study makes to improve diversity in NC schools to benefit all students.
Dr. Stephanie Southworth
– Lecturer in Sociology, UNC Charlotte
Dr. Erica Frankenburg – Research and Policy Director, Initiative on School Integration

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  1. The Sociology Department at UNC Charlotte has a tainted reputation and has a political agenda; they are not unbiased. For example, one of the lead researchers in the Sociology Department at UNC Charlotte, Roz Michelson, has been criticized regarding her faulty research. In 2005, research by Michelson was used in a report that was issued by UNC CHapel Hll’s Civil Rights Center. The Civil Rights Center had to remove her research because it was not statistically valid. I ask that you have reputable “experts” on your show that support their opinions with facts and research based data; not just anecdotes. Also, please present a more balanced program so viewers have a more accurate view of this very complicated issue, with different perspectives presented.

  2. Many of our struggling students today are the children of parents who attended CMS under busing (when schools were diverse). If this type of student assignment was so successful, why are so many of these CMS educated parents living in poverty and unable to prepare their children for academic success?

    Additionally, take a look at Wake County. According to the state department of instruction’s webpage, current test scores for African Americans and economically disadvantaged kis are almost identical to the scores of those same students in CMS. Yet they assign based on socio economics and we do not. Shouldn’t their students be doing better?

  3. The Sociology Department at UNC Charlotte is widely recognized as a leading source of solid social analysis across the country. The faculty members conduct excellent research and publish it in the most reputable and prestigious journals in the field. Not least among these members is Dr. Roslyn Arlin Mickelson, whose work is widely published and extensively cited by leading scholars in sociology, law, education, political science, and public policy here in the U.S. and internationally. Dr. Mickelson has been recognized as an excellent scholar in numerous ways, including being named to the editorial boards of the American Sociological Review (one of the leading journals in sociology) and the American Educational Research Journal (one of the leading journals in education). Her research has been supported by the National Science Foundation since 1990. Dr. Stephanie Southworth appeared on Charlotte Talks to discuss her own independent work and the material discussed was “fact-based.” It was the result of the years of research she conducted for her dissertation project.

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