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Learning Institution

Learning institution is according to many people an organization that tries to bring all people together regardless of where they come from, their race, color, gender, size or even their body shapes. However, more frequently this is not the case, because some learning institutions have been found to practice discrimination towards their students. In the case of Kathy MONTEIRO v THE TEMPE UNION HIGH SCHOOL DISTRICT, African-American students were being discriminated against because of their color. Jane Doe is a student in a freshman English class at McClintock High School, which is part of the defendants Tempe Union High School District. Here the students in the school are required to do readings on two classic literary works, which included the novel, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, by Mark Twain, and the short story “A Rose for Emily,” by William Faulkner.

Doe’s mother, Kathy MONTEIRO presented a complain and made allegations that the literary readings have been found to be repeatedly using the term “nigger” which was found to be insulting and also had racial derogation towards the African-American students yet none of these readings made any reference that could be termed discriminatory towards the Caucasians. She also alleges that none of the two readings was compulsory component of the freshman English class. This made the student to suffer psychological damage and reduced their educational results because of the readings. The other students were also found to be insulting the African-American students based on their race.

Though the school had realized the situation, they did not offer any remedy towards the situation and this was going against the law. The assignment to do the two readings presented a very hostile environment for learning hence denying the students their right to education. The plaintiff needed to prove that there existed a hostile environment which the school was aware of but did not take any steps to remedy the situation which was a violation of Title VI. Judge Reinhardt found the school to be guilty of the damages they have caused towards the students. The decision made by the judge is fair because it puts into account the rights of the children and that every person has rights to education despite of their color and the race.

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