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ERIC Number: ED001766
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1964
Pages: 20
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HIGHER HORIZONS IN SOUTHERN ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS.
BRAZZIEL, WILLIAM F.
AN EFFORT TO OVERCOME THE LIMITED EXPERIENCES OF DISADVANTAGED NEGRO CHILDREN WAS MADE IN A RENOVATED ELEMENTARY SCHOOL IN THE HEART OF THE DOWNTOWN REDEVELOPMENT AREA OF NORFOLK, VIRGINIA. IT WAS HOPED THAT THE EXPERIMENT COULD TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE ATMOSPHERE OF RENEWAL WHICH SURROUNDED THE CHILDREN AND THEIR FAMILIES. THE FIRST PHASE OF THE PROGRAM WAS READINESS--INDIVIDUAL PRESCHOOL WORKSHOPS FOR PARENTS OF CHILDREN ENTERING FIRST GRADE, AND A SYSTEM OF READINESS EXPERIENCES FOR THE CHILDREN WHEN THEY ENTERED SCHOOL. FROM THE TIME THAT THE CHILDREN WERE READY TO LEARN TO READ, UNTIL THEY LEFT THE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL, A CULTURAL ENRICHMENT PROGRAM WAS PLANNED. THE PROGRAMS WERE TIED DIRECTLY TO THE READING PROGRAM AND SPIRALED UPWARD THROUGH THE GRADE LEVELS. INCLUDED WERE TRIPS TO CULTURAL CENTERS AND PUBLIC EXHIBITS, USE OF RESOURCE PEOPLE, VIEWING OF TV PROGRAMS, BOOKS, AND HOBBIES. THE FACULTY REGARDED THEIR PROGRAM AS "EMPATHIC TEACHING" OR THE ATTEMPT TO ENTER INTO THE WORLD OF THE DISADVANTAGED STUDENT. THIS APPROACH INVOLVED LEARNING AS MUCH ABOUT THE PSYCHOLOGY OF THE STUDENTS AS POSSIBLE AND TEACHING THE NEGRO CHILDREN TO BE PROUD OF THEIR RACE AND THE ACHIEVEMENTS OF THEIR PEOPLE. THE TEACHERS COMPILED A LIST OF ABOUT 70 AREAS IN WHICH PUPILS SHOWED ENTHUSIASM AND IMPROVEMENT AS A RESULT OF THE CULTURAL ENRICHMENT PROGRAM. THESE PUPILS ALSO SHOWED AN IMPROVED DEGREE OF ADJUSTMENT TO JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL. THIS ARTICLE IS PUBLISHED IN THE "JOURNAL OF NEGRO EDUCATION," AUTUMN 1964.
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Identifiers: Virginia (Petersburg)