Twenty-five years from now, will our nation’s schools be as segregated as they are now?

On the one hand, it seems unthinkable. We’ve developed stunning wireless technology, an artificial heart, a life-saving treatment for HIV. In the year 2037, could we still be sending our white children and our black and brown children to separate schools? Aren’t we better than that?

Not yet we aren’t. It’d be nice to report that we recognized the problem of school segregation long ago, vowed to work at it until we fixed it, thought inside and outside the box, and ultimately found our way to racially and economically integrated schools.

But school segregation is still thriving in Chicago and much of the country. I wrote last week about contemporary apartheid schooling, as exemplified by the experiences of two Chicago-area students—one from the North Shore and one from the south side. A study published in September by the Civil Rights Project found that school segregation has increased nationally in the last 20 years.