All-Girl's Schools, All-Boy's Schools, All-Black Schools
Over at The Atlantic, Megan McArdle asks, "Should we encourage all-black schools?"
For decades, proponents of all-girl’s education have argued that boy-free learning zones afford girls the opportunity to be who they, unencumbered by the pressures of orienting themselves in relation to their male counterparts.
Similarly, advocates of all-black schools believe that single-race learning environments could benefit black students by neutralizing the stigma of doing well in school. McArdle summarizes the argument in favor of all-black schools thus:
[T]he phenomenon of socially punishing students who "act white"--i.e. focus on grades--is something that happens mostly in mixed-race schools, where black students are trying to maintain a distinct identity. When all the kids are black, getting good grades is just . . . getting good grades.
Barring the potential political and legal snags that all-black charter schools would almost certainly face, the idea strikes me as a reasonable one.