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Pennsylvania school experiments with 'segregation'

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The initiative is a pilot program intended to capitalize on "enriching students' experiences through mentoring" and is derived from school research "that shows grouping black students by gender with a strong role model can help boost their academic achievement and self esteem," according to a statement from McCaskey East High School in Lancaster.

"Educators immediately noticed strong bonds being formed between all students and mentor teachers," the statement said.

http://www.cnn.com/2011/US/01/27/pennsylvania.segregation/index.html?hpt=Sbin

While the knee-jerk reaction may be negative, if it's improving student's self esteem and test scores, I don't see what the harm is. I don't think anybody is willing to go back to the days in America of "Whites Only" or "Blacks Only", but giving students a chance to associate with their own race and culture without always being forced to associate with ones they can't relate to, seems like a healthy thing to me.