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Belief in equal education falls in Little Rock, survey shows

By Cynthia Howell

This article was published April 25, 2018 at 4:30 a.m.

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Panelists (from left), Cory Anderson, Gary Arnold and John Bacon applaud Elizabeth Eckford, a member of the Little Rock Nine, for her comments Tuesday at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. “We can never have true reconciliation until we honestly acknowledge our painful but shared past,” she said.



The results of a recent University of Arkansas at Little Rock survey on race, ethnicity and education show that a majority of black respondents who live in Little Rock -- 58 percent -- don't believe all children have an equal chance to get a good education in the city.



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DoubleBlind says... April 25, 2018 at 9:47 a.m.

Anderson nailed it, and quite diplomatically. As long as whites are happy with the education our children receive, nothing will change for others. Arnold’s ‘shock’ is quite understandable given that he resides in an ivory tower.

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TravisBickle says... April 25, 2018 at 12:37 p.m.

I'm calling BS on this!! You can get an education IF YOU WANT to, not matter where you live!! My wife has been a teacher for going on 33 years. The amount of accommodations that students are allowed these days is insane. As long as a certain demographic thinks that it's "acting white" to do well in school and get an education, then there's nothing you can do about it. You're always going to have apathetic students! I'm pretty sure most high schools offer some from of AP instruction. You can get an education, but you have to SHOW UP on a regular basis and do the assigned WORK!! Kids don't understand that school is THEIR JOB!

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TravisBickle says... April 25, 2018 at 2:10 p.m.

The schools for the most part are NOT at fault, and to suggest otherwise is just not being honest and candid. @DoubleBlind, do you know any teachers? Have any kids in school (that aren't private)?

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DoubleBlind says... April 25, 2018 at 3:27 p.m.

TB - No and no; I don’t have teacher friends and I don’t have kids in school. I went to private (parochial) schools myself, but I’m not sure how my (then widowed now deceased) mom managed it. I was too young then to understand her sacrifice. I’m guessing your previous reference to ‘a certain demographic thinks it’s acting white’ is referring to blacks. Is anyone saying to those (blacks) out loud that the consensus among whites is that blacks are not willing participants in their children’s educations and shouldn’t expect further help? I think if that’s the case - and it certainly seems to be the (unspoken) case - it needs to be put out there for them to address.

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