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Just six years after President Truman declared that there shall beequality of treatment and opportunity for all persons in the armedservices without regard to race color religion or national origin inhis Executive Order 9981 the landmark case of Brown v Board ofEducation Brown v Board ruled in support of desegregation in publicschools beginning the civil rights movement of the 1950-1960s Theprimary goal of Brown v Board was to bring both white and non-whitestudents to the same access to education and to expand on the concept ofequality regardless of ethnicity This concept of equal access wasaddressed in David Labarees article Public Goods Private Goods TheAmerican Struggle Over Education Goals where Labaree argues that theeducational goal of democratic equality views education as a public goodmeant to prepare citizens for political roles Labaree 42 Despitethe headway made by Brown v Board to opening up the ideal of equalaccess to education the reality remains that there are divisions in theamount of education received and resources available across ethniclines I believe that there needs to be more done to preserve ourdemocratic roots and that our interests should focus on creating andpreparing citizenship Due to the interdependence of all citizens in ademocratic society increasing the standard of educational competency isbeneficial to all as is seeing the value of education as a public goodIn 1954 Brown v Board of Education called for the desegregation ofschools But it was only after the Civil War fought between free statesand slave states those who supported slavery other landmarklegislation such as the 13th 14th and 15th amendments which abolishedslavery extended citizenship and suffrage to all citizens regardless ofrace as well as time to put those into effect that desegregation becomeimplemented beyond being set in legislation Because the educationalsystem was supported by the democratic government the reasoning behindBrown v Board took the stance that having a public education allowedthe student to be a full citizen and depriving them of the opportunityto do so hindered them from fully
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