MetroTrends blog posted a series of maps that show that U.S. schools remain highly segregated despite the country’s growing diversity.
It’s an interesting map, but I think it does a disservice to the story. At a glance, it’s too easy to dismiss the map as being a reflection of the lack of diversity in many parts of the country. Most white kids in Wyoming and Utah attend mostly white schools? Meh. Dog bites man.
The reader needs to work too hard to see that schools in diverse states like Illinois, Michigan, Pennsylvania and New York are still very segregated. I’d like to see this map re-drawn in a manner that highlights school segregation as a function of population diversity so the outliers are more obvious.