Still not fixed

February 12, 2011 

When I read the letter from the student who criticized the level of diversity at Enloe ("Enloe's divide," Feb. 3), it answered a question I have had for some time. I wondered if things had changed since I was a student at Broughton High School in the 1970s when we were being bused for desegregation. Apparently they have not.

At that time, there were a lot of black students at Broughton, but they were rarely in my classes that were labeled Gifted and Talented. I remember three black students in the entire school who were in those classes. I can also remember passing the open doors of classrooms that seemed to be filled completely by black students. We were segregated within the school.

It seems that we haven't made much progress over the years. I am appalled that the graduation rates for minorities in Wake County are much lower than for white students and yet this school system is considered so successful. I don't know what the solution is, but busing doesn't seem to work.

This is clearly a complex societal and cultural problem. And I'm left wondering why there are so many people who are adamant that busing is the answer in view of evidence to the contrary.

Pam Jackson


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