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when the Fourteenth Amendment was adopted the outlook of public education in the United States was very different.
in the South, the education of African Americans was almost nonexistent.
in the North, while public education was more advanced, it did not compare to the education offered at the time of this case.
as public education advances overtime, the opportunities for students must advance, as well.
segregated public schools deprive students of the equal protections afforded to them in the law.
segregated schools are not equal and cannot be made equal.
in order to set a student up for success, we must provide equal opportunity.
this excludes tangible factors, such as, buildings, curriculums and qualified teachers.
segregation ultimately affects the motivation of a child to learn.
separating students from others of similar age because of their race creates a feeling of inferiority.
separate but equal has no place in the public education system.