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ERIC Number: ED012728
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1966
Pages: 23
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RACE AND RECONCILIATION--THE ROLE OF THE SCHOOL.
FISCHER, JOHN H.
THE SCHOOLS OFFER THE GREATEST PROMISE FOR ACHIEVING RACIAL INTEGRATION IN AMERICAN SOCIETY. ALTHOUGH IT IS WRONG TO ARGUE THAT NO NEGRO SCHOOL IS GOOD UNLESS WHITE CHILDREN ARE BROUGHT INTO IT, THE FACT IS THAT SEGREGATED SCHOOLS DO PRODUCE A NEGATIVE SELF-IMAGE AND LOW MOTIVATION. COORECTIVE EFFORTS TO BALANCE THE SCHOOL RACIALLY MUST NOT BE COLORBLIND AND MUST BE PURSUED ENERGETICALLY. TESTS OF IMBALANCE SHOULD DETERMINE HOW THE SCHOOL IS VIEWED BY THE COMMUNITY AND WHETHER A CROSS-SECTION OF THE STUDENTS IN THE SCHOOL REPRESENTS THE PROPORTION OF THE VARIOUS RACIAL GROUPS IN THE SCHOOL DISTRICT. THE MOST WIDELY USED SCHEME FOR INTEGRATION IS OPEN ENROLLMENT, BUT PAIRING, REZONING, THE EDUCATIONAL COMPLEX, AND THE EDUCATIONAL PARK ARE OTHER TECHNIQUES. HOWEVER, THE NEIGHBORHOOD SCHOOL IDEA IS WELL ENTRENCHED, BUT IT MUST BE JETTISONED BECAUSE IT IS A MAJOR IMPEDIMENT TO INTEGRATION. THE INCREASING SOCIAL STRATIFICATION OF PUBLIC SCHOOLS IS A SERIOUS SOCIAL PROBLEM WHICH HAS FOLLOWED THE GROWTH OF WHITE SUBURBS. BECAUSE INTEGRATION MIGHT BE IMPOSSIBLE OR UNFEASIBLE IN SOME AREAS, INTENSIVE EFFORTS TO IMPROVE SEGREGATED SLUM SCHOOLS ARE NEEDED. THESE MEASURES SHOULD INCLUDE REMEDIAL, ENRICHMENT, AND COMPENSATORY PROGRAMS. (NH)
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