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ERIC Number: ED015980
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1967-Nov
Pages: 30
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Reference Count: 0
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CRISIS IN AMERICAN EDUCATION--A RACIAL DILEMMA.
GREEN, ROBERT L.
AMERICAN EDUCATION HAS NOT YET SUFFICIENTLY RECOGNIZED THE CRITICAL ROLE OF TEACHING QUALITY AND TEACHERS' ATTITUDES AS INSTRUMENTS OF SOCIAL CHANGE. UNFORTUNATELY, DATA FROM A SURVEY OF 10 MAJOR TEACHER TRAINING INSTITUTIONS SHOW THAT THEY "ARE NOT REALISTICALLY FACING THE PROBLEM OF PROVIDING QUALITY TEACHERS FOR URBAN YOUTH." A REVIEW OF SOME PRESERVICE TRAINING PROGRAMS POINTS TO THE NEED FOR TEACHER EDUCATORS TO IMPROVE THEIR KNOWLEDGE OF AND ATTITUDES TOWARD DISADVANTAGED YOUTH. STAFF IN URBAN EDUCATION PROGRAMS SHOULD INCLUDE MINORITY-GROUP FACULTY MEMBERS AND SHOULD OFFER MORE INTENSIVE AND EXTENSIVE COURSES TO PREPARE TRAINEES TO WORK IN DEPRESSED AREAS. COLLEGES AND SCHOOL SYSTEMS SHOULD ORGANIZE COOPERATIVE FIFTH-YEAR PROGRAMS FOR BEGINNING TEACHERS, AND INSERVICE TRAINING PROGRAMS SHOULD INCLUDE MUCH MORE DIRECT CONTACT WITH DISADVANTAGED COMMUNITIES. ACTIVITIES IN INSERVICE WORKSHOPS MIGHT INCLUDE OBSERVATION OF MASTER TEACHERS AND LIVING FOR A WHILE IN DEPRESSED NEIGHBORHOODS. RECRUITMENT OF HIGHLY MOTIVATED, DEDICATED, AND WELL-PREPARED TEACHERS IS CRUCIAL TO THE SUCCESS OF INNER CITY EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS. FINANCIAL AID IS ALSO NECESSARY TO TRAIN CERTIFIED, NONCERTIFIED, AND PROSPECTIVE TEACHERS. THIS PAPER WAS PREPARED FOR THE NATIONAL CONFERENCE ON EQUAL EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITY IN AMERICA'S CITIES, SPONSORED BY THE U.S. COMMISSION ON CIVIL RIGHTS, WASHINGTON, D.C., NOVEMBER 16-18, 1967. (NH)
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