Huh? Pennsylvania High School Segregates Students by Race and Gender

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McCaskey East High School in Lancaster, Pa. has stirred up controversy by enacting a plan to segregate its students by race and gender. The division is an attempt at encouraging higher student performance, reports The Blaze.

The plan, which has already been implemented, segregates black students from their peers and then further separates males from females within that group. The students are segregated for six minutes per day, as well as 20 minutes twice a month.
Principal Bill Jimenez hopes that the experiment will improve the academic performance of the schools black students, whose accomplishments have fallen short of other students. According to the principal, research has shown that same-race classes led by strong same-race role models could help promote academic achievement and self-esteem.

In last year's Pennsylvania System of School Assessment tests, only one-third of the school's African-American students tested as proficient or advanced in reading, and just 27 percent attained proficient or advanced levels in math.

Teachers and mentors are keeping a close eye on their students' performance levels, evaluating everything from grades to attendance in their segregated classes. Data and test scores are still being collected, as the experiment is in its beginning stages.

What do you think of the school's segregation plan? Do you think it could be helpful or hurtful? Does your school do anything like this? Let us know in the comments or send us a tweet @jsykdotcom. %Poll-59324%

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