Journal entry #2

Education in the 1930s


In fact segregation persisted into the 1930s, and was especially clear in rural agricultural communities. Segregated public schools in these communities were provided for Mexican Americans that emphasized vocational training and obedience to white authority figures, rather than academic skills and higher education. This connects to the book “To Kill a Mockingbird” because as you can hear in the book schools didn’t have good education. Also in the book it talks about how some kid s went to school during just 3 to 4 months every year, the rest of the year they went to help their family’s farm.


The goals and ideals of education in the 1930s were in sharp conflict with the economic bottom line, as businessmen repeatedly pointed out. In the 1910s and 1920s American business had been one of the foremost champions of public education, especially of the high school, which was busy training at taxpayer expense the stenographers, secretaries, and clerks of the future. This paragraph connects to the book “To Kill a Mockingbird” because in the book there was no black people in scout’s class and that caused a lot of conflict in between black people and white people.


The manner in which education served to reinforce the economic status was illustrated perfectly in the education of African Americans. American education was racially segregated in the 1930s precisely because of the white presumption that blacks were inherently incapable of learning at an advanced level. Segregating white schoolchildren from black schoolchildren meant that white pupils presumably would not be “held back” in the classroom by less-capable black pupils. This connects to the book because at that time in the book it said that there a lot of racial issues. Also as you can see in the story you can look at calpurnia, she is black but she has an education as a normal white men.



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