Originally Posted by meowee
So why are the parents of caucasian children not enrolling their students?
It can't be the facilities because there are white schools with equally blah facilities.
It can't be the location of the school, because there are white families in my neighborhood.
It can't be the test scores because there are white schools with low-to-average test scores.
As I said there are no behavioral problems in the school.
So why are white parents in the neighborhood parents sending their kids to private school further away, that are white? It leaves only the issue of race.
I don't understand what you're saying. You said there are white schools with low test scores, blah facilities, etc, but do the private schools that the neighborhood parents send their children to have low test scores and blah facilities? Private schools generally have better facilities than public from my experience. If school A (public, mostly AA) has average test scores, school B (public, mostly white) has low test scores, and school C (private, mostly white) has high test scores; then I don't see how parents who can afford the private school, regardless of their race, choosing the one with the highest test scores can be classified as racist. If it's between school A and school D (public, mostly white, low test scores; or even average test scores) then I get what you're saying. That does sound like some racism going on, but I bet it's on a higher group/institutional level rather than each individual parent thinking about it in terms of race.
For parents, there are still probably other factors like where the child's friends are going, where classmates from preschool are going, where they can work out carpool arrangements more easily, religious choices if it's a religious private school, or about prestige/cache of proving you can afford a private school. There's too many other factors involved for me to say a given person or people are being racist based on where they send their child to school IMO.
We're white, and while we might be able to squeeze out enough cash for private school if we also got a scholarship, I decided years ago not to send dd to the very good, well regarded private school near our house because the playground at recess time had no non-white or asian children. In New York City, especially, that's weird and unnatural to me. I'd like to homeschool, but we have good, diverse public schools in our zone too. Oh yeah, and eclipse, I went to a very good, very diverse, had to keep certain grades to stay in middle school and enough children got free breakfast/lunch that they made the free breakfast open to everyone in the school. We organized breakfast cram sessions/study hall around it. While socio-economic status can be related to test scores and academic achievement, it's not always.