I thought that Pamela Perry’s article “White Means Never Having to Say You’re Ethnic” was very interesting. I thought that the process she went through to analyze these schools was interesting. I thought that the schools that she chose to examine were interesting seeing as how many different high schools you could interview in the United States and how many different answers you would get.
If there was one high school that my high school was like it would be Valley Groves High School. I went to Nouvel Catholic Central High School in Saginaw. The school was not very diverse because it was a private school. We did have a few different cultures and religions but it was predominately white. Since we were very close to the public high school in the area, and Saginaw is a pretty small town, we met friends of different races. I think that this helped our situation. We learned about different cultures and religions. If our school would have not been near another high school I don’t think that the students would have been culturally diverse. We had 73 kids in my graduating class and under 350 kids in the entire high school. If we had been segregated, I think that we could have had problems growing up through the catholic school system and not seeing other cultures. Since there is a Catholic Elementary and Middle school, we would have never seen much diversity.
There were many benefits of being in a small town with a public high school close. We met most of the other kids and learned a lot about the different cultures in Saginaw. Our school also did a great job of teaching us about different religions and cultures in the area.