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ERIC Number: ED002028
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1963
Pages: 87
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A PERSPECTIVE OF THE PRINCE EDWARD SCHOOL ISSUE.
PEEPLES, EDWARD H., JR.
ATTEMPTS TO ANSWER THE FOLLOWING QUESTIONS ABOUT THE SCHOOL SITUATION IN PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY, VIRGINIA, WERE PRESENTED. WHY WERE PUBLIC SCHOOLS CLOSED AND HOW DID THE CLOSING COME ABOUT. WHAT KIND OF LOCALITY WAS THIS WHICH WOULD RESORT TO SUCH AN EXTRAORDINARY MEASURE. WHAT GENERALLY WERE THE ATTITUDES AND ARGUMENTS UNDERLYING THE ISSUE. WHAT HAS HAPPENED TO THE COUNTY'S PEOPLE AND ITS SCHOOLS. AND WHAT CAN WE EXPECT TO HAPPEN IN THE FUTURE PUBLIC EDUCATION IN THIS VIRGINIA COUNTY. BEGINNING WITH A DETAILED HISTORICAL, POLITICAL, AND SOCIOECONOMIC ANALYSIS OF EDWARD COUNTY, THE STUDY EXAMINED EACH OF THESE QUESTIONS IN DEPTH. AS A RESULT OF THE SCHOOL CLOSING, A LARGER NEGRO VOTER REGISTRATION WAS DISCERNIBLE. THERE WERE ONLY 900 NEGROES REGISTERED IN THE COUNTY IN 1961, BUT IN 1962 THE NUMBER WAS 1,126. ALSO, AS A RESULT OF THE SCHOOL CLOSING, AN EXTENSIVE AND RAPIDLY GROWING ILLITERACY WAS APPARENT. AN ESTIMATED ONE OUT OF FOUR IN THE COUNTY WOULD BE ILLITERATE, USING THE UNITED STATES OFFICE OF EDUCATION DEFINITION OF ILLITERACY AS THE STANDARD. ANOTHER ALARMING ASPECT OF THE SCHOOL CLOSING WAS THE DECLINE IN PHYSICAL AND MENTAL HEALTH OF THE RURAL INHABITANTS OF THE COUNTY THROUGH IGNORANCE AND NEGLECT. THE DIFFICULTY OF REESTABLISHING A SCHOOL SYSTEM, WHEN AND IF THE PUBLIC SCHOOL WERE REOPENED ON A DESEGREGATED BASIS, WAS ENORMOUS. PERSONNEL TEACHING, ADMINISTRATIVE, AND CUSTODIAL, WOULD HAVE TO BE RECRUITED. BOOKS AND SUPPLIES SHOULD BE PROVIDED, AND A TRANSPORTATION SYSTEM SHOULD BE SET UP. THE PROBLEMS OF REOPENING WERE SERIOUS, BUT THE RESULT OF REMAINING CLOSED WOULD BE CALAMITOUS. A BIBLIOGRAPHY WAS INCLUDED.
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Authoring Institution: Pennsylvania Univ., Philadelphia. Government Studies Center.
Identifiers: Pennsylvania (Philadelphia); VIRGINIA; Virginia (Prince Edward County)