It is amazing how similar the elementary school experience was for Bill and Jada, even though there schooling systems were so different. Bill’s school had only between five hundred and seven hundred students at one time. His school was a rundown, little one story in a bad part of town. Bill went to Sanders Elementary School, in Lubbock Texas. Jada’s school held so many more students then Bill’s school. Where he had only between five and seven hundred, Jada had more than half that in just her grade level. Jada’s school was a three story monstrosity, located in a gang ridden neighborhood. Jada went to Montgomery Flight Academy, in San Diego California. Despite all the differences, Bill and Jada both had to deal with bad neighborhoods, low ratio of Caucasians in the school systems, and racial hostilities.
Both Bill and Jada had schools located in bad neighborhoods. Bill’s school was located in the only true projects Lubbock ever had. The homes were as rundown as his school. Living in the Hud Homes district, Bill had to walk to school through areas where violence and drugs were an everyday part of life. Jada’s school was located in a gang ridden neighborhood, with liquor stores and drive-by’s on almost every corner, with a few homeless people thrown into the mix. They both had to walk to and from school, through some truly unhealthy situations.
What made things harder for Bill and Jada, was that there was a very low ratio of Caucasians in the school systems. In Bill’s school, only twenty percent of the students were white. Roughly, sixty percent were Mexican, ten percent African American, and the other ten percent were a mixture of other races. At Jada’s school the Caucasian student ratio’s were even less. Roughly fifty five percent were Mexican, twenty percent were African American, fifteen percent were Asian, and fifteen percent were Caucasian. On several occasions Bill and Jada were the only Caucasian students in...