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Race Still Matters

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Skoolboy, filling in for eduwonkette, runs some numbers and warns against thinking that Obama's election means we suddenly live in a post-racial society in which educational inequalities no longer persist:

The odds of completing high school are twice as high for whites as for blacks, and the odds of obtaining a bachelor’s degree conditional on graduating from high school are also twice as high for whites as for blacks. ...
The election of Barack Obama to the Presidency is a signal event, and the consequences of his breaking the color barrier will reverberate for many years to come. Although our President-Elect is a singular, charismatic individual who is the right man at the right time, the social, economic and political forces that shape the educational opportunities of African-Americans in U.S. society are deeply entrenched. Sadly, the scourge of race will not be easy to overcome.
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Teachers for Obama!

I was so inspired in how this teacher taught politics in the classroom, especially handling the tricky topic of war with a child whose father is serving:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kDEAYgm0Dv8

What a gifted teacher!

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I do not think that Obama is going to have anything to do with the color barrier. Some people just have more drive than others. There are whites just like blacks who could care less about getting an education. Making Obama president is not going to change those people view of school.

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