School Segregation

In April I wrote an article about segregation in schools by Hamas. But are there any other cases in the world which show various kinds of segregation in schools or entire education systems?

Of course many of us know that there are differences between public, private and ‘special’ (i.e. based on a religion) schools. In many countries like Spain and the Netherlands, some of these schools receive public funding while others don’t. In itself this can be seen as a measure to tackle segregation: giving all kinds of schools the same chances. However, what if society changes over the course of time? This would render these ‘equalling’ funds, put into place decades ago, to be segregating modern society: supporting one branch in favour of others. Should these laws be changed? And if so, how fast and more in general: how?

Segregation in schools seems to be common worldwide, as a previous post of the first ever all-inclusive prom also illustrated. Times are changing, and places change along. Spain, for example is trying to protect its segregated schools (sex segregated schools i.e. schools for boys or girls) from cries for the removal of public funds which keep these segregated schools alive in some Spanish regions. However, won’t this change the case of school segregation into one of discrimination? By removing the public funding for sex-segregated schools, it might discriminate parents who choose to send their child to one of these schools. However, when keeping this funds in place, it is thus allowed to discriminate students by their sex: being a boy or a girl.

How would you solve this problem? Share your thoughts with us!

Special thanks to Ismael Mousa Puente

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