After decades in the political wilderness, school integration seems poised to make a serious comeback as an education reform strategy.
In a study published by The Century Foundation, researchers found that children of color benefit from being in diverse classrooms but so do their white peers. College administrators and educators, as well as business leaders all agree that white students who attend racially diverse schools are better equipped at problem solving and critical thinking. Employers especially note the need for young adults entering the work force to be able to work with diverse populations.
The research also found narrowing of achievement gaps between African American and Hispanic students and white students. Part of the study focused on magnet schools and the success of children of color in those schools. Benefits to white students at magnet schools may not be measurable on standardized tests but are valuable for success in an increasingly diverse world.